Suspected dealer nabbed in traffic stop


Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A recent traffic stop by Edgecombe County deputies resulted in the arrest of a man and more than 800 bags of drugs confiscated.

Marqavius Lucas was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, maintaining a vehicle for selling heroin and resisting a public officer. Lucas was jailed on a $500 secured bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center. 

According to a release from the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop conducted on a vehicle driven by Lucas resulted in 850 bags of heroin being seized by deputies with assistance from the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force. Deputies said the heroin had a street value of $6,000.

Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Clee Atkinson said the investigation involved multiple people and Lucas was just the start of other arrests to come. Atkinson said the arrest of Lucas involved trafficking of herion in Edgecombe and Nash counties.

“This investigation has resulted in the seizure of over 2,500 bags of heroin,” Atkinson said.

Atkinson credited the cooperation and assistance of other local agencies for the arrest.

“With the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the Rocky Mount Police Department and other members of the Tar River Task Regional Task Force, drug dealers can’t just hop across county lines and city limits to avoid prosecution,” he said.