A routine traffic stop by Criminal Interdiction Officers led to the arrest of three out-of-town occupants after drugs were found inside the vehicle.
Lt. Marcus Smith, of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, reported that the individuals were arrested as the result of a search following the traffic stop.
According to arrest reports from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department, officers stopped the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on I-40, near mile marker 358. During the stop, reports indicate that officers smelled marijuana, therefore conducted a probable cause search.
“During the search, narcotics were located and as a result all three suspects were arrested,” Smith said.
Rebbeca Marie Roche, 26, of 4811 Ashton Road, Burlington, now faces one felony count of possession of heroin, two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a larceny charge in Nash County and misdemeanor probation violation from charges in Johnston County.
Karlene Faye Roche, 53, of 2103 Anthony Road, Burlington, was charged with three counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, one count of simple possession of marijuana, one count of possessing marijuana paraphernalia and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.
At the time of her arrest, reports indicate that K. Roche was in possession of 1.3 grams of marijuana, three dosage units of opiates and four dosage units of benzodiazepine.
Byron Genon Bales, 29, of 4811 Ashton Road, Rocky Mount, was charged with one count of possessing drug paraphernalia and one count of possessing an open container.
R. Roche’s bond was set at $40,000 and her initial court date is set for March 6. K. Roche’s bond was set at $7,500 and Bales’ bond was set at $2,500. Both are scheduled to appear in court on April 26.
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