FAISON — A Greensboro man is behind bars in Sampson County following a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in which herion, cocaine and marijuana was seized.
At about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Team conducted a traffic stop on a 2007 Chevy Tahoe as it traveled eastbound on I-40, near Exit 355 (Faison), for a window tint violation.
During the traffic stop, “probable cause to search the vehicle was established by a positive canine alert on the vehicle,” according to reports from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. The search yielded 40 grams of heroin, 2.2 grams of powder cocaine and a half gram of marijuana.
The driver, Tyjuan Haking Starks, 40, of 2906 W. Florida St. Apt. H, Greensboro, was subsequently charged with trafficking heroin by transport, trafficking heroin by possession, maintaining a vehicle for the storage of narcotics, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Starks was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond.
According to court records available through the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Starks has several convictions on his record from the mid-1990s. Those convictions, all in Craven County, included felony drug possession and possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, as well as larceny, possession of stolen goods and resisting a public officer.
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