Two charged with drug trafficking

Published 8:44pm Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Washington Police Department officers have charged a Baltimore man and woman with trafficking drugs in Washington, according to a press release from the department.

On Nov. 24, Jerome Charles Kent, 39, and Kristan Mache Hawkins, 22, were arrested on charges of trafficking in opium and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

“They were both arrested due to receiving a prescription containing more than 14 grams of Oxycodone by use of a fraudulent prescription,” wrote Lt. William Chrismon, spokesman for the police department, in an email.

The arrests involved the assistance of North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and officials have said that additional charges may be forthcoming.

Hawkins and Kent were placed in Beaufort County Detention Center with $420,000 bonds pending appearances. As bond is set by the magistrate to ensure defendants’ appearance in court, the fact that Hawkins and Kent are from out of state likely contributed to their steep bonds, according to law enforcement officials.

— Vail Stewart Rumley

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