The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

February 22, 2013

Counterfeiting, drug arrests made by law enforcement


TARBORO — The Edgecombe County Sheriff Department and the Tarboro Police Department combined to make a drug arrest of a self proclaimed rapper and music producer while he was en route to making a drug deal. In a separate case, Tarboro Police Department confiscated thousands of dollars worth of counterfeit merchandise from a local store.

Deputy sheriff arrests alleged drug dealer

According to a press released issued by Edgecombe County Sheriff Department, deputies arrested Fredrick Sentell Alston, 33, of 1238 River Road, Scotland Neck, while he was traveling on Fishing Creek Road outside of Tarboro. Deputies had made two undercover drug purchases from Alston which was enough to obtain a warrant," said Sheriff James Knight.

When the law enforcement officers spotted Alston on Fishing Creek Road, they stopped him and found marijuana inside his car, according to press release.   

Alston was charged with two counts sell cocaine, two counts possess with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, two counts felony possess cocaine, two counts maintaining a vehicle for storage of controlled substance, and driving while license revoked.

Alton's arrest was part of a drug operation between the Sheriff’s Office Taskforce and Tarboro Police Department Narcotics division. The joint effort has culminated in several arrests that is expecting to last until this summer.

Tarboro police

arrest counterfeiter

A 23-year old man, Mahmoud Mohammad "Mo" Sarsour was arrested after authorities confiscated thousands of dollars worth of counterfeit items and a small amount of marijuana from a new business establishment located at Riverside Plaza Mall. The arrest took place on Feb. 13 according to a Tarboro Police Department press release.

After receiving information that counterfeit items were being sold at the 252 Tobacco store, authorities obtained a search warrant and found 89 sets of counterfeit NFL, NCAA, and NBA floor mats, 29 counterfeit NFL, NCAA and NASCAR rugs and 37 pair of counterfeit Nike and Timberland shoes. The items combined retailed for more than $5,800, according to the press release.

Officers also uncovered 40 grams of marijuana and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. Officers also searched the trunk of Sarsour's vehicle and recovered a rifle that had been reported stolen.

Sarsour was charged with a felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit trademark items, a felony count of possession of a stolen firearm, a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor count of maintaining a place for controlled substances.

Sarsour was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond.

To report criminal activity call the sheriff’s office at 641-7911 or Tarboro Police Department at 641-4247.