A local man with a prior record is out of jail after police arrested him during a traffic stop and vehicle search on Wednesday on Cokey Road that resulted in the confiscation of 40 bindles, or small packets, of heroin, at least 10.6 ounces of marijuana and a .40-caliber handgun.
Jaquavis Pittman, 23, left the Edgecombe County Detention Center on Wednesday evening after having posted a $50,000 secured bond, the person answering the phone at the center said when contacted by the Telegram seeking an update about Pittman’s status.
Pittman is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin and felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, Edgecombe County District Court records said.
The records said Pittman had nearly five-tenths of an ounce of heroin in his possession.
Pittman also is charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun and felony possession of a firearm by a felon, the records said.
According to police Sgt. Brad Summerlin, officers from the police department’s Special Operations Division halted the driver of an Infiniti due to the vehicle having a window tint violation.
Investigators, upon approaching the vehicle, saw the passenger trying to conceal an item under the front seat, with that passenger having turned out to be Pittman, Summerlin said.
The handgun was found under the front seat and the heroin and the marijuana were found in the back seat, Summerlin said.
Pittman received the $50,000 secured bond and he was turned over to the custody of the Edgecombe County Detention Center, Summerlin said.
Pittman appeared Thursday in Edgecombe County District Court. The court kept the bond the same and appointed attorney Eugene Muse to represent him, the court records said.
Pittman is due back before the court May 25, the records said.
State Public Safety records said Pittman was convicted in April 2021 in Wake County for larceny from a person and in April 2021 in Edgecombe County for possessing illegal drugs. The records also said he was convicted in 2017 in Nash County for breaking and entering vehicles and in 2017 in Edgecombe County for larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor breaking and entering.
Pittman had listed an address in the 600 block of East Grand Avenue, Edgecombe County District Court records said.