By VAN HOLLAND
Drug task force agents from the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department and Tarboro Police Department worked in conjunction over the past couple of weeks to make four drug arrests, which resulted in the discovery of 40 bags of heroin and 22 prescription pills.
Taking the drugs off the streets is a big issue for Edgecombe Sheriff James Knight.
"These arrests were significant because of the growing number of abuse and sales of opiates," Knight said. "It was important as well, because the drugs are causing a rise of overdosing on prescription pills."
Agents made three arrests Tuesday when they received information that three suspects had just purchased heroin in the Scotland Neck area and were headed back into Edgecombe County with the drugs.
Agents were able to get the suspects; vehicle stopped on NC 97 East in the Leggett area and found 27-year-old Jeremy Ryan McDaris, 34-year-old Jason Aliff and 22-year old Brandon Claiborne inside.
Agents began searching and found 40 bags of heroin, along with needles used to inject the drugs.
They charged McDarism and Aliff, both of 6320 Stagecoach Road, Elm City, with possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, felony possession of heroin and maintaining a vehicle for the sale and storage of heroin.
Claiborne, of 5361 Lonesome Pine Road, Whitakers, was charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin and felony possession of heroin.
McDaris and Aliff were placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $255,000 secured bond, while Claiborne was given a $185,000 secured bond.
In a separate case, an arrest was made Oct. 3 after an undercover officer was introduced to 56-year old Lynn Michele Taylor at her residence at 2210 Colonial Road. The officer proceeded to purchase prescription pills from Taylor and that's when the drug agents took Taylor into custody.
A search of the residence uncovered more pills as officers seized 11 moraphine and 11 oxycodone.
Taylor was charged with sell schedule II controlled substance, possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for the sale and storage of controlled substance. Taylor was jailed under a $255,000 secured bond.
"I want to thank the citizens whose complaints started the investigation into Taylor," Knight said. "I want to thank the citizens for getting involved and giving their assistance in both cases."
If anyone has any information about illegal drug activity they are asked to contact the sheriff's dept. at 641-7911 or the police department at 641-4247.