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Deputies find crack, marijuana, handgun in van

Posted September 21, 2009

— A Halifax County sheriff's deputy arrested two men after finding marijuana, crack cocaine and a loaded handgun in a hidden compartment of a van during a traffic stop Sunday.

Deputy Joe Sealey responded to calls around 4 a.m. reporting a disturbance involving two armed men in the Mimosa Drive area, off U.S. Highway 158. He stopped a van headed toward Roanoke Rapids.

Investigators said that after getting permission to search the van, Sealey discovered a hidden compartment in the rear passenger area. Inside, Sealey said, he found 15 bags of marijuana, 23 wrapped rocks of crack and a loaded 9mm handgun.

Bobby Purnell, 21, of Roanoke Rapids, and Eric Maurice Perry, 28, of Weldon, were both charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Perry was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, and Purnell with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Purnell was given a $8,000 bond, and Perry a $5,000 bond. Both were scheduled to appear in court Nov. 25.

According to state Department of Correction records, Purnell is on probation for a 2006 conviction for assault inflicting serious injury in Halifax County. He also has convictions for trespassing and driving while consuming a controlled beverage underage.

DOC records show that Perry was released in March from probation stemming from a DWI conviction.


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  • suckafree23 Sep 22, 2009

    Grow up if you think Probation, Parole is a form of slavery. If that is what you want to call it, then explain to your people that by breaking the law they chose that form of slavery.

  • twannrock Sep 21, 2009

    heres the repost..

    what is the purpose of this story ? to further slander blacks as the problem. its strange how readily accessible drugs are in the community, no matter how rural. these drugs seems to bypass all levels of "law enforcement" daily. now here comes the "criminal" criminal justice system with new a form of slavery . probation, parole, prison.

  • Oxfordgirl Sep 21, 2009

    8 and 5 thousand dollar bond? What is that? I bet if you steal a soap from Walmart you'll be under a 50, 000 dollar bond. How much sense does this make these guys had crack, marijuana and guns? I just love our justice system

  • SkepticalGirl Sep 21, 2009

    twannrock - What? You started out pretty well, but by the end you were incomprehensible. How about re-posting those last 2 sentences so people can make sense of your post.

  • Just the facts mam Sep 21, 2009

    You can tell from their pictures that they are not scared of the law - it is a joke - the police do a good job of catching criminals, and the court system and judges lets them out.

  • suckafree23 Sep 21, 2009

    twannrock-------- Grow up. This is news worthy, so WRAl should not report stories any longer if the person committing the crime is African American because in your eyes you think that racism? Really. Please tell it to some one else. This story would have been reported if they were White, Mexican, or Asian.

  • Raptor06 Sep 21, 2009

    That bail is too low for a convicted felon found with a weapon. Where are all of those anti-gun folks when things like this occur?

  • jeffcockman Sep 21, 2009

    These guys look like winners! Can't imagene the charges are correct!! ;)

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 21, 2009

    twannrock, when did race become a part of this story? I don't disagree with you though that a large percentage of the problem comes from a small percentage of the population. You might call that racist. I call it facts telling the story.

  • miked6500 Sep 21, 2009

    Two gang bangers...Why is this news?