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Staff Reports

Staff Writer

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office had a busy weekend getting drugs off the streets as deputies arrested seven suspects in two separate busts of drug suppliers.

About 1:15 a.m. Saturday, members of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office arrested five suspects bringing heroin into Nash County from New Jersey. As a result of the arrests, Nash County deputies and other law enforcement officers, including members of the Drug Enforcement Agency, were able to take 283 bricks of heroin and 101.1 grams of raw heroin off the streets.

“As part of our effort to ensure the safety of Nash County residents, we want to catch the big fish who are supplying these drugs. This weekend, we got a trophy as a result of our proactive efforts to take this poison out of this area,” Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina told the Telegram.

The arrests were made with the help of the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force.

Medina said the Nash County Sheriff’s Office and the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force received information that a man would be transporting a large amount of heroin into Nash County from New Jersey. Based on that information, the task force and the Nash County Sheriff’s Office’s Highway Interdiction Team were able to locate a suspect vehicle exiting Interstate 95 South onto U.S. 64 West. The vehicle was stopped for a moving violation Saturday on West Washington Street in Nashville.

A Nash County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was used in the search of the vehicle and alerted deputies to the presenceof narcotics on the passenger door as well as on the glove box. Officers searched the vehicle and seized 283 bricks, 14,150 bindles, of packaged heroin, along with 101.1 grams of raw heroin, which was located in a hidden compartment in the dashboard area of the vehicle, Medina said in a press release. 

Another vehicle connected with trafficking heroin was also stopped. As a result of this investigation, five out-of-state suspects were arrested. 

Michael Green, 55, of Newark, N.J., was charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin and conspiring to traffic opium/heroin and is was held under a $1.5 million secured bond. Kahdijah Tamirah Smith, 33, of Vauxhall, N.J., was charged with trafficking opium or heroin and three counts of conspiring to traffic opium/herion and was jailed under a $1.5 million secured bond. Shamsuddi M. Green, 37, of East Orange, N.J., was charged with four counts of conspiring to traffic opium/heroin and jailed under a $1 million secured bond.

Rachine Rendell Green, 42, of Columbus, Ohio, and Kawuan Robertson, 38, of Invington, N.J., each were charged with one count of conspiring to traffic opium/heroin and were each jailed under $250,000 secured bonds.

The Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about 10:12 p.m. Sunday concerning drug activity at 605 Amos St. in Rocky Mount. Deputies went to the address and were able to detect a strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence, according to a separate press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Marcus Derell Grant and Glenda Pitchford Grant refused to allow deputies access to conduct a search, which resulted in a search warrant being obtained for the residence. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of 5.9 pounds of marijuana, assorted drug paraphernalia, a firearm and ammunition and $1,000 in cash.

“The Nash County Sheriff’s Office is determined to follow up on all tips and leads regarding drugs,” Medina told the Telegram. “This arrest was an example of people getting tired of this situation and trusting us with the information.”

Marcus Derell Grant, 38, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, one count of felony possession of marijuana, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance. He was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.

Glenda Pitchford Grant, 64, was charged with one count of possession marijuana up to one-half ounce and one count of felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for a controlled substance and jailed under a $2,500 secured bond.

All defendants have first court appearances set for Nov. 14 in N.C. District Court in Nashville.