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Arrest made in drug bust on school property

On Feb. 25, investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office drug unit arrested Rumeal Peele, 26, of 240 E. Old County Road in Belhaven. 

Peele was charged with trafficking in opiates by possession, trafficking in opiates by transportation, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm on educational property and carrying a concealed gun.

Peele’s arrest stemmed from investigators receiving information that Peele was involved in the use and distribution of drugs. Investigators conducted surveillance on Peele and learned that Peele was carrying a pistol in his waistband. 

Investigators followed Peele from a residence in Belhaven reported to be involved in drug distribution to the parking lot of Northside High School where a traffic stop was conducted on Peele. Investigators searched Peele and the vehicle and found 50 oxycodone pills, a Taurus 9mm pistol and snorting straws with white residue.

Peele was detained in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $125,000 secured bond.