FAISON — A Greensboro man jailed following an Interstate 40 traffic stop in which a plethora of drugs were found in his vehicle has now received an additional felony charge related to the secret compartment where the substances were stashed, Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities said Thursday.
Tyjuan Haking Starks, 40, of 2906 W. Florida St. Apt. H, Greensboro, was charged Wednesday with false, hidden or secret compartment and given an additional $25,000 secured bond for the felony offense.
“The vehicle had an aftermarket modified compartment to it that allowed for the storage and concealment of illegal drugs,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith stated Thursday. “Officers went back and charged him with this additional charge yesterday.”
Starks remained in the Sampson County Detention Center Thursday.
He was initially charged Tuesday afternoon after the Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Team conducted a traffic stop on his 2007 Chevy Tahoe as it traveled eastbound on I-40, near Exit 355 (Faison), reportedly for a window tint violation. A K-9 alert on the vehicle led to a search, which yielded 40 grams of heroin, 2.2 grams of powder cocaine and a half gram of marijuana.
He was subsequently charged with trafficking heroin by transport and 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. He placed in the Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond for those charges, with the additional felony and $25,000 bond tacked on Wednesday.
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