By VAN HOLLAND
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
in a joint effort, narcotics detectives from the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office and Tarboro Police Department made two arrests that ended in a third party drug deal. The targeted suspect had previously called law enforcement Nov. 6 and accused someone of stealing his medications, but little did the caller know, narcotics officers were already on to him.
According to a press release from the sheriff's office, after detectives determined the information they were given about the stolen pills was a false accusation, they arranged a drug deal Nov. 8 with the caller, 40-year-old Stephen Lee Peace, Jr.
When detectives set up the deal, they didn't know what would happen next, but it helped them figure out why Peace's medication was disappearing. Instead of Peace making the deal with the undercover, he sent a third-party, 28-year-old Amy Michelle Anderson, to make the transaction and sell his morphine pills.
The report states, once Anderson made the transaction with the undercover, detectives took her into custody for selling the morphine. Detectives then searched Anderson and found numerous types of prescription pills in her possession. Some of those pills were in a pill bottle with Peace's name on the label.
According to the report, through further investigation, which included text messages on Anderson's phone in a conversation with Peace, detectives were able to establish that the pills that were bought from Anderson actually belonged to Peace.
According to the press release, Peace was later questioned by narcotics detectives and admitted that he supplied Anderson with the pills to sell.
Detectives charged Anderson, of 2303 Panola St., Tarboro, with trafficking opiates, sell controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school, sell schedule II controlled substances, possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substances, possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substances, maintaing a dwelling to store controlled substances and conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substances. She was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. She is due back in Edgecombe County District Court Nov. 27.
After his admission, Peace, of 4792 Howard Ave. Ext., Tarboro, was charged Wednesday, with trafficking opiates, possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substances, conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substances and filing a false police report for telling law enforcement that someone had stolen his medication. He was jailed under a $7,500 secured bond and made his first appearance Thursday.
"These cases are taken very seriously by investigators as the abuse and sell of opiates continues to increase," Sheriff James Knight said. "I would like to thank the concerned citizens whose complaints led to this investigation."
This isn't Anderson's first run-in with narcotics detectives involving prescription pills. She has seven other drug related charges pending against her and a probation violation from a driving while impaired conviction in 2010.
Anderson is due in court Feb. 3 on the other drug charges that include, trafficking opium or heroin, felony possession of schedule II controlled substances, felony possession of schedule IV controlled substances, simple possession of schedule V controlled substances, maintain a vehicle/dwelling to store controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and prescriptions and labeling.
Anyone with information about any type of illegal drug activity is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 641-7911 or Tarboro police at 641-4247. All information will be held strictly confidential.