Three charged with cocaine trafficking

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From Staff Reports

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Three Rocky Mount men have been charged with cocaine trafficking in the Twin Counties.

Nathaniel Clevester Clark, 26, of Lexington Street was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine. He was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond.

Lamont Andrea Stancil, 39, of Burt Street also was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling to sell cocaine and possession of a firearm by felon. He was jailed under an $80,000 secured bond.

Jacob Clark, 33, of Stokes Avenue was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine. He was jailed under a $20,000 secured bond.

The arrests came as the result of two joint investigations involving the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force. These investigations have led to the seizure of approximately a half-kilogram of cocaine over the past few weeks and resulted in a search warrant being served at 1020 Burt St. in Rocky Mount. The street value of the drugs seized is over $25,000, Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson said.

Atkinson said that arrests like these will continue.

“The cooperation between the different agencies is the only way to slow down the trafficking of drugs in our communities and to make our neighborhoods safer,” Atkinson said. “No sheriff’s office or police department can do it alone. Drug dealers don’t recognize city limits or county borders.”

Atkinson said this case was an example of such cooperation.

“Like in this case, we partnered with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Nash County Sheriff’s Office to maximize the results of the investigation. Investigations like this show the drug dealers that the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office is serious about making our county a safe place to raise a family and build strong ties with the community. We will work with local, state and federal authorities to put a message out that this is not the place to come to if you plan on selling drugs because we will investigate and prosecute drug dealers,” Atkinson said in a press release.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone echoed those statements by saying collaboration between agencies is paramount. Stone stressed that citizens reporting suspicious activity gives law enforcement the ability to make these larger seizures.

The Tar River Regional Task Force consists of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, SBI, Tarboro Police Department, Spring Hope Police Department and Nashville Police Department.