Yet another traffic stop has turned up evidence of methamphetamine and left a Sampson County man facing multiple charges, two of them felonies.
David Alan Mesimer, 22, of 3228 Autry Hwy., Roseboro, was taken into custody Monday and charged with possession of a meth precursor, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed under a $25,000 bond but has since been released.
According to Sampson Sheriff’s Cpl. Marcus Smith, the suspect was arrested after a Special Investigations Division officer pulled Mesimer over for a traffic violation (no operator’s license). “He gave a consent to search and the officer discovered a trace of meth and the precursor.”
Smith said the SID officer stopped Mesimer on South Gray Street in Autryville.
He is expected to make his first appearance in Sampson County District Court Friday.
The arrest comes on the heels of another traffic stop last weekend that led to the arrest of two other Sampson County residents on meth-related charges and mirrors similar arrests that have been made in the past several weeks. Each incident signals both a rise in meth use across the county and a continued presence by sheriff’s investigators patrolling areas where suspicious activity has been reported.
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton once again tipped his hat to vigilant officers for their diligence in watching the roadways for suspicious activity and he offered high praise to residents for continued tips that help position officers in areas of the county where drug activity is believed to be occurring.
“The more we keep this out there, the more we bring attention to it, and that jogs people’s memories, letting them know we are out there and that we are following up on any tip they give us. It also reminds folks to give us a call about activity they might suspect in a given place,” Thornton said.
The sheriff said the traffic stops were picking up again, as were the arrests for illegal drug activity, particularly that pertaining to methamphetamine.
“We are out there in those areas because people are calling in and identifying certain spots where they believe suspicious activity may be taking place. By virtue of that, we keep officers in those areas, and they are attuned to what to look for, vehicles that frequent the area, such as that.
“It all works together to bring about the results we want, which is getting criminals off our streets,” Thornton attested.