Roanoke Rapids couple caught up in drug dealing charges

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Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 10:00 am | Updated: 10:16 am, Sun Mar 3, 2013.

A Roanoke Rapids couple is facing a slew of drug possession and dealing charges following a Saturday night traffic stop and subsequent search of the couple’s home.

Anzell Harris, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office drug agent, said he conducted a traffic stop on Highway 125 in Roanoke Rapids for a motor vehicle violation at 8:02 p.m., adding during the stop he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver was identified as 23-year-old Marc Anthony Solomon-Cartagena, of Roanoke Rapids.

During a search of the vehicle, seven Xanax, approximately 15 grams of marijuana, 10 individually wrapped bags of crack cocaine, approximately three grams of powder cocaine and a digital scale were seized, Harris said.

Lieutenant George Evans, Narcotics Lt. Bobby Martin, Cpl. Josh Clark, Deputy M. Sledge, and K-9 Deputy Jason Keeter with K-9 Brody assisted with the search.

Harris arrested Solomon-Cartagena for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to Harris, he applied for a search warrant for Soloman-Cartagena’s residence on Deer Run Drive in Roanoke Rapids — the sheriff’s office’s narcotics division received information about narcotics activity at the address.

“Through this agents’ two month investigation, the search warrant was granted by Magistrate C. Sanford,” Harris said.

Martin, Harris, Clark, Sledge and Keeter executed the search warrant at 11:07 p.m. Saturday, seizing approximately 12 grams of cocaine, approximately 24 grams of marijuana, a glass marijuana pipe and a digital scale, Harris said.

Warrants were obtained for Soloman-Cartagena, who was already jailed at Halifax County Detention Center, and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Keyuna Alston.

Alston was at the detention center trying to post Solomon-Cartagena's bond when she was arrested and processed.

Solomon-Cartagena and Alston were served for felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Solomon-Cartagena was given an additional $8,000 bond, and Alston was given a $10,000, both have May 1 court dates.

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