Complaint leads to pot bust


James Anthony Dickens


Staff Writer

Friday, September 21, 2018

A community complaint lead to a drug bust Thursday in Whitakers.

James Anthony Dickens, 40, is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver MDMA, maintaining a dwelling for purposes of selling and delivering a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested, taken before a magistrate and incarcerated under a $30,000 secured bond.

After receiving complaints from the community about drug activity at a residence on the 9000 block of Straight Gate Road, members of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Narcotics Division conducted an investigation, Capt. Eddie Moore said.

Deputies were able to establish probable cause, obtain a search warrant and execute it at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

During the execution of the search warrant, Dickens was taken into custody and charged with multiple crimes.

Deputies located 82 grams of marijuana packaged for sale, 11 Ecstacy (MDMA) pills, two shotguns, one 9mm handgun, three cellphones and various drug paraphernalia along with $1,935 in cash.

All items were seized and the suspect was charged.

"This arrest comes as a direct result of the community saying that they are tired of criminals and drug dealers living in their neighborhoods and reaching out to local law enforcement in an effort to get results," Moore said.