Agency assist leads to arrest on drug charges

Published 9:28pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013


A traffic stop by a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper and an officer with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office who happened by at the time, led to drug charges for a Blounts Creek woman.
On Feb. 28, Capt. Russell Davenport, with the sheriff’s office drug unit, witnessed the stop taking place for suspicion that the vehicle’s operator was driving while impaired, and he pulled over to assist.
“Law-enforcement agencies assist each other all the time,” said a spokesman for the sheriff’s office drug unit. “It’s just a courtesy to stop and make sure everything’s OK.”
The spokesman said that Davenport recognized the people in the car from past drug-related incidents. A subsequent search of the car turned up four bags, or dosage units, of heroin and a plastic bag containing marijuana, according to a press release from the drug unit.
“It wasn’t necessarily a substantial amount of heroin, but any amount is a felony,” said the spokesman.
Davenport arrested Janice Speight, 50, of Gilead Shore Road, Blounts Creek, charing her with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Speight was confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

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