Deputies find crack, marijuana, handgun in van
Posted September 21, 2009 7:20 a.m. EDT
Roanoke Rapids, N.C. — 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.