Officers with the Walnut Cove Police Department were kept busy last week with drug-related arrests resulting from traffic stops and an undercover investigation.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, officers were conducting a driver’s license check at Highway 65 East and Martin Luther King Jr. Road when they noticed a vehicle turn around before arriving at the license checkpoint. Chief Chad Williams had a short pursuit with the vehicle before it was stopped at the car wash on Stokesburg Road. There Chief Williams made contact with Evette Antoinette Brown, 26, of 583 Darkbridge Road, Rural Hall.
According to a report from the police department, Brown was charged with traffic violations by N.C. Highway Patrol and was arrested by Sgt. Justin Gallimore with the Walnut Cove PD for felony possession of cocaine, felony maintaining a vehicle for narcotics and two counts of drug paraphernalia. The vehicle, an undisclosed amount of cash and cocaine were seized from Brown. She was given a $5,000 secured bond.
The following day, Lonnie Curtis Bass, 58, of 1040 Goolsby MHP, Belews Creek, was stopped at the Exprezit gas station for a registration violation, and the department’s K9, Jet, indicated on the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and marijuana and paraphernalia were recovered. Bass was charged with possession of marijuana less than half an ounce and drug paraphernalia.
The third incident occurred later that afternoon when undercover officers saw a hand to hand delivery. The vehicle was stopped by Chief Williams in a parking area across from Rising Star. Two bags of marijuana and paraphernalia were located inside the vehicle. The driver, Alvin Alexander Warren, 29, of 1626 Martin Luther King Jr. Road, Walnut Cove, was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle for narcotics and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Warren received a $2,500 secured bond. The vehicle, cash and a camera were seized.
Chief Williams said in a news release: “We are trying to prevent drugs from being transported or used in the town. K9 Jet was used on all three of the arrests.”
He continued, “We also would like to thank the citizens, Stokes County Sheriff’s Office for their help in getting these individuals off the streets. We would like to encourage the citizens of the town to file a complaint if they know of any illegal activity going on.”