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Sheriff: 'Major' cocaine dealer arrested after high-speed chase

Posted February 18, 2010

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— Sheriff James Knight said that a month-long investigation by the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office ended with a high-speed chase and the arrest of two suspected cocaine dealers Wednesday.

Adrian Lamont Kearney, 34, of 8721 Amaranth Lane in Ypsilanti, Mich., and Richard David Stewart, 35, of 4517 Martin Circle in Ayden, N.C., were both charged with two counts of trafficking crack cocaine and felony maintaining a vehicle for a contraband substance. Stewart was also charged with felony speeding to elude arrest and numerous other traffic infractions.

"These arrests stopped a large supply of crack cocaine from coming into the community," Knight said.

He described Kearney as "a major supplier of crack cocaine" to North Carolina and other states. Kearney recently served eight years for drug convictions in Indiana and also has prior drug arrests in North Carolina, Knight said.

Kearney and Stewart were arrested after a 3-mile chase on N.C. Highway 33, near Tarboro, that exceeded speeds of 100 mph at one point, the sheriff said. Deputies and state troopers deployed stop sticks, which deflate a vehicle's tires, and the suspects' 2002 Ford Windstar minivan crashed into a ditch. No one was injured.

Deputies seized $480 in cash and 122 grams of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of more than $10,000, Knight said.

Both suspects were being held in the Edgecombe County jail Thursday. Kearney has a $1 million secured bond, and Stewart a $150,000 secured bond.

Knight thanked Edgecombe County residents "for their diligence in helping the sheriff's office rid the streets of illegal narcotics. A lot of what the sheriff's office does cannot be done without that assistance."


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  • NCStatePack Feb 19, 2010

    snitches get stitches

  • mulecitybabe Feb 18, 2010

    Yo, AaaDreeeeeUnnn!!! Try to learn something this time, 'K?

  • marserobert Feb 18, 2010

    A minivan? Ha Ha.

  • If the shoe fits.... Feb 18, 2010

    Way to go, Edgecombe Co. Sheriff's Dept. Keep up the good work. Drugs have a major presence in small eastern NC towns. It is good that the bigger fish are being netted in. With the high unemployment rate over there, if you aren't doing this already, offer some Crimestopper money $$$$$, and the citizens may be even more forthcoming tattling who is trafficking.

  • uncommonsense Feb 18, 2010

    Actually, one has to possess at least 28 grams of cocaine to be charged with trafficking, refer to North Carolina General Statute 90-95(h)(3).

  • tallboy4372 Feb 18, 2010

    slick rick
    "Deputies seized $480 in cash and 122 grams of crack cocaine"

    i hope this isn't why they are referring to him as a "Major" coke dealer. if so, that's laughable.

    That's nearly 4 ounces of crack cocaine. That is a sizeable pop whether you believe it or not. Most of your street level dealers dont carry more than 3 or 4 grams at the time. Anything over 4 grams is trafficking amount. 122 grams is more than enough to charge them Federally and put them away for some serious time.

  • cool_rocker999 Feb 18, 2010

    I wonder how many more lives this man ruined after the legal system failed us and let him out.

  • slick rick da troll whisperer Feb 18, 2010

    "Deputies seized $480 in cash and 122 grams of crack cocaine"

    i hope this isn't why they are referring to him as a "Major" coke dealer. if so, that's laughable.

  • zamboniman Feb 18, 2010

    100 mph in a Windstar? Musta had a heckuva tail wind.