Two suspects arrested on gun, drug charges


From Staff Reports

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tarboro police released information this week about the arrest of two Rocky Mount men on drug and weapons charges that occurred at the end of December.

About 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2017, Tarboro police Cpl. Lee Bailey reported seeing a tan colored Nissan Maxima traveling near the intersection of Main Street and Howard Avenue in Tarboro. The vehicle had dark, tinted windows and a check of the license plate revealed that the owner of the vehicle had an active concealed handgun permit and a suspended driver’s license.

Based upon this violation, Bailey initiated a vehicle stop and found the owner of the vehicle, Anthony Ray Arrington Jr., 23, of Rocky Mount, to be the driver. Bailey then identified a passenger in the car as 20-year-old Quadricus Cooper, also from Rocky Mount.

While speaking with the men, Bailey noted an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. He then questioned the passenger, Cooper, and discovered that Cooper had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. Based on these warrants, Cooper was taken into custody. Bailey returned his focus to Arrington and asked whether any weapons were inside the vehicle. After receiving a response of “there shouldn’t be,” a search of the vehicle was conducted. This search revealed a mason jar full of marijuana and two handguns.

A check of these handguns found that at least one of them had been reported stolen from Warren County. Arrington was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm; carrying a concealed gun; concealed handgun permit violation; aggravated possession of marijuana; and driving while license revoked.

Arrington was jailed under a $6,000 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center. Cooper was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed gun and was jailed under a $5,000 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.