Cocaine traffickers arrested in Belhaven

Published 11:33 am Monday, June 4, 2012

Eric Jennette and Torrence Satterthwaite were arrested Friday on trafficking charges


Two Belhaven men were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Friday afternoon. According to a press release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant turned up 110 grams of crack-cocaine, 110 grams of powder cocaine, 40 grams of marijuana, crack-cocaine manufacturing and drug-packaging materials, and drug paraphernalia along with $1,261 in cash. Eric Lavon Jennette, 33, of 447 W. Bay St., Belhaven, and Torrence Lavon Satterthwaite, 27, of 444 George St., Belhaven, were the two arrested.

The drug bust, which took place at 444 Old County Road, was carried out by the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team, which is not always the case, according to a representative from the narcotics unit.

“We use the SWAT team on a case-by-case basis,” he said. “We determine the risk involved. Any time you’re talking about drugs you have the potential for firearms. It’s common to associate the two. That’s why we use the response team.”

Jennette and Satterthwaite were jailed at the county’s detention center under $100,000 secured bonds. Jennette has prior cocaine distribution arrests, said the narcotics officer. If convicted, both men face a minimum of 35 months, maximum of 42 months, for the cocaine-trafficking charges.