Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents executed a search warrant early Friday morning at 1590 Carolina Rest Home Road in Roanoke Rapids.
According to a press release from Lt. C. Shane Guyant, public information officer with the HCSO, a lengthy investigation by Agent D. Epperson revealed illegal narcotics were being sold and stored at the Carolina Rest Home address. Information also revealed that suspects at the location were convicted felons and possessed firearms. Due to the dangerous nature of serving such a search warrant for narcotics and weapons offenses, members of the HCSO Hazardous Entry and Arrest Team (H.E.A.T.) were called in to assist.
As part of the search, it was revealed that Elijah Tyler Thorne, 24, and Jimmie Lee Thorne Jr., 65, both of Roanoke Rapids, were in possession of cocaine, fentanyl, MDMA (ecstasy), marijuana, and several firearms. Elijah is currently on probation for a 2019 conviction for possession of Schedule I, and a 2020 conviction for common law robbery. He also has a 2021 conviction for misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun. Jimmie has a felony conviction from 1997 for possession of cocaine from Mecklenburg County. He also has convictions for assault on a female, resist, obstruct, delay and communicating threats.
The search of the residence on Carolina Rest Home Road revealed 220 fentanyl pills, marijuana, cocaine, MDMA, several firearms, and U.S currency related to the sale of narcotics. Elijah and Jimmie Thorne were charged with:
• Trafficking Schedule I
• Possession with intent to sell/deliver Schedule I
• Felony possession of Schedule I
• Possession of firearm by felon
• Maintaining a dwelling for the storage of a controlled substance
• Possession of marijuana
• Possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana
• Felony Possession of marijuana
• Maintain a dwelling for storage of a controlled substance
Due to the number of controlled substances discovered during the search, agents seized a 2008 Mercedes Benz S550, PlayStation 5 and Xbox gaming consoles, and around $8,000 in U.S. currency in order to satisfy unauthorized substance taxes administered by the NC Department of Revenue.
Elijah Thorne did not receive a bond due to a revocation of his probation. Jimmie Thorne Jr. received a $10,000 bond. Both were placed in Halifax County Detention Center and received Aug. 17 court dates.
“I have been in office almost a month. I hope the citizens of Halifax County see that I am serious when it comes to a better quality of life,” Sheriff Tyree Davis said. “I am not going to tolerate the possession, sale, or use of narcotics in this county.”