Traffic stop leads to drug, weapons charges


Staff Writer

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Tarboro Police Department arrested a man on drug and weapons charges Thursday.

Bryon Lamar Harris, 22, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute marijuana, felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.

According to a press release, Tarboro Police Patrolman Tyler Collie made a vehicle stop about 9 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Hope Lodge and Main Street in Tarboro. Collie reported that when he came up and talked with the female driver, he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. 

With assistance from other officers, a K-9 officer was used to conduct a search and found the presence of narcotics. A search of a black book bag found three ounces of marijuana packaged for distribution and two small plastic bags of cocaine. Officers later seized a semi-automatic handgun that was in a hidden compartment, and an extended magazine for the handgun was found in the center console.

Harris was jailed under a $55,000 secured bond in Edgecombe County Detention Center. The driver was cited for driving while license revoked and a child restraint violation. She was later released pending a court appearance.