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Authorities target guns, illegal drugs

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Authorities continue to remove illegal guns — including one hidden in a child's bedroom — and illicit drugs from the streets of Tarboro.

Edgecombe County and state authorities joined Tarboro police in executing a search warrant last week at a home on West Wilson Street. Police found a small quantity of powder cocaine intended for sale, three firearms, one of which was located in child's room, and several hundred rounds of ammunition, said Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb.

Police arrested two residents of the home:

■ Antonio Wendell Archer, 37, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute cocaine; possession of cocaine; maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances; three counts of possession of a firearm by felon; and failure to store a firearm to protect a minor. He was given a $356,000 bond.

■ Marquitta Comisha Graham, 26, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute cocaine; possession of cocaine; maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances; accessory after the fact; and failure to store a firearm to protect a minor. She was given a $15,000 bond.

Archer's previous criminal convictions include multiple drug charges, larceny, assault on a female and communicating threats, according to the N.C. Public Safety Department.

The raid — conducted by the Tarboro Police Department, the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office and N.C. Probation and Parole — was the result of an investigation into the sale of narcotics, Webb said.

Earlier this month, Tarboro police spotted a vehicle parked at Riverfront Park at around 10 p.m. An officer approached the vehicle to speak with the occupants about being at the park after hours.

“Upon making contact with the occupants, the officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” Webb said. “The occupants acknowledged the officer’s observation after which he requested they exit so he could conduct a search. While doing so, the officer observed the passenger place an item into the side pocket of the passenger door.”

A search of the vehicle yielded a concealed semi-automatic handgun, as well as drug paraphernalia, Webb said.

Demondre Marquay Arrington, 22, of Tarboro, was charged with possession of a firearm by felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given a $5,000 bond.

Arrington's criminal conviction history includes robbery, breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

“It should be noted that an investigation into the theft of the gun is pending,” Webb said.

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