By VAN HOLLAND
After executing a search warrant Thursday on a residence at 500 W. Johnston St. in Tarboro, police officers arrested two suspects for possessing a small amount of marijuana and issued a third suspect a citation for possessing a glass pipe to smoke the drugs.
After the marijuana was found, officers notified two of the three suspects that they also had additional warrants on them from the department's "Spring Fling" drug campaign where they had sold marijuana to undercover officers.
After the search, officers arrested 25-year old Michael Cherry, of the residence and charged him with 22 drug charges. The charges included four counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, four counts of selling marijuana, four counts of delivery of marijuana, four counts of possessing marijuana, two counts of maintaing a dwelling and four counts of possessing drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond.
Officers also arrested 24-year old Zannett Dorsett Sessoms, of the residence and charged him with 14 drug charges. Those charges included two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of selling marijuana, two counts of delivering marijuana, three counts of possessing marijuana, three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and two counts of maintaing a dwelling. Sessoms was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.
Cherry and Sessoms are due in court May 29.
The third suspect was 30-year old Christopher Tremaine Boyd, of 1009 Burton St., Rocky Mount. He was issued a citation for possessing drug paraphernalia and released. Boyd's court date is set for July 17.
The Tarboro Police Department and Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department in a joint effort continue to serve warrants on suspected drug dealers who have sold to undercover officers during the six month campaign they dubbed "Spring Fling." There have been eight arrests made by the police department so far during the campaign.
The officers said they will continue picking up suspects as the summer months go. They are fighting the drug problem in the city limits along with the sheriff's department in the county to get dealers off the streets so they can become safer.