A series of citizen complaints and a heavy history of past calls for service led the Tarboro Police Department to launch an investigation that resulted in the arrests of five people on a series of drug-related charges and plans to pursue nuisance abatement proceedings against the property owners.

Tarboro police on Nov. 20 served a narcotics-related search warrant at 210 Cromwell Ave. After securing the residence, officers collected evidence consistent with ongoing narcotic activity and ultimately charged five suspects with various offenses.

The suspects arrested and the charges against them include:

  • Brittany Michelle Cifers, 27, of 210 Cromwell Ave., was charged with possession of heroin and jailed under a $2,500 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.
  • Marcus Antwan Hill, 36, of 210 Cromwell Ave., was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed under a $2,500 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.
  • Jesse Jay Hill, 31, of 210 Cromwell Ave., was charged with possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hill was issued a citation for the offenses and released pending a court appearance.
  • Anthony Markel Davis, 27, of 210 Cromwell Ave., was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Davis was issued a citation for the offenses and released pending a court appearance.
  • Jennifer Gayle Nichols, 45, of 2142 Colonial Road, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Nichols was charged on a citation and released pending a court appearance.

Police Chief Jesse Webb said in a news release police have responded to the Cromwell Avenue address at least 19 times over the past year.

He added that three of the calls were due to drug overdoses requiring the administration of Narcan on two separate occasions.

Webb also said that as a result of these ongoing activities and the findings from the search warrant, police will be pursuing nuisance abatement proceedings against the property owner to address the ongoing issues.

According to the Edgecombe County Tax Assessor’s website, the property is jointly owned by Tracy R. Woolard and Anthony Davis.