A county traffic stop earlier this week has led to yet another arrest, this one involving a 40-year-old Sampson woman jailed after drugs were reportedly found in her possession.
According to sheriff’s report, Kelly Miller of 756 Beaulah Road, was taken into custody and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest came after she was stopped around 6 p.m. Tuesday by officers with the county’s Special Investigations Division for a traffic violation.
Capt. Eric Pope said during the traffic stop, the deputy picked up on suspicious behavior and asked — and received — a consent to search Miller’s vehicle. During the search a small amount of meth, 0.4 grams, was discovered and seized.
Miller was arrested, charged and jailed under a $5,000 bond. She is to make her first court appearance later today in Sampson County District Court.
The arrest is the latest in a string of traffic stops that have resulted in the confiscation of illegal drugs as well as contraband, one of the main focuses of both the SID and the Criminal Interdiction Team.
Both groups have been involved in traffic stops this week on Sampson roads and all the stops have resulted in arrests.
As he did Wednesday, Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton praised the work of the deputy and pointed out the great valued of the Criminal Interdiction Team and the Special Investigations Division whose members, he said, continued to be on the alert for those using Sampson highways to transports drugs and contraband.
“Look, these guys are trained to find those individuals out there trafficking and moving drugs. They know the tell-tell signs, the dead giveaways, and when they see those true indicators, they are all over that activity and trying to stop it,” Thornton stressed during an interview Wednesday.
He pointed to Sunday’s arrest of a Raleigh man for trafficking in stolen identities and 29 counts of possession of counterfeit instruments as a good example of what the team can do.
It was a member of that team who made the stop on Pa Gibbi Njie Sunday that led to a laundry list of felonies and prevented cigarettes from being sold at high-dollar values in northern states and likely stopped the fraudulent use of credit cards.
“It’s a perfect example of how this team’s training makes a difference,” Thornton stressed. “Our goal is to get them off the street, whether they are from our county or passing through. These teams are doing just that.”
Another traffic stop over the weekend ended with the seizure of over $6,000 in cash, money likely used in the trafficking of drugs or other illegal contraband. And another stop earlier in the week saw the arrest of yet another Sampson resident on drug charges.
“We are out there and we are attuned to what is going on, and our goal is to take drugs off the street as well as the people out there selling them,” the sheriff said.