At about 12:52 a.m. Tuesday, Officer T. Acree with the Roanoke Rapids Police Department was patrolling Roanoke Avenue when he observed a vehicle traveling without a registration plate being displayed.

Officer Acree pulled in behind the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop and noticed the driver, later identified as Adrian Bell, 31, from the Enfield area, watching him in the rear-view mirror. The vehicle abruptly pulled over to Eighth Street near Dollar General. Bell then exited his vehicle and began walking toward the officer, according to a press release from Chief Bobby Martin. Officer Acree advised Bell to stop where he was and return to the car, but he refused. Narcotics Agent C. Batchelor was on scene and was able to detain Bell for not complying with officer commands.

Upon walking up to the vehicle which had very dark tinted windows, Narcotics Officer Batchelor opened the door to make sure no one else was in the vehicle for officer safety. The officers at this point detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle by Officer Acree revealed 186 grams of marijuana in a large Ziploc bag, which was located in the backseat in plain view. The driver also had outstanding warrants for larceny of a motor vehicle, injury to personal property, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and received a $10,000 bond for those charges.

Officer Acree charged Bell with possession of marijuana, resist delay and obstruct, and driving while license revoked and was given a $3,000 bond and a Dec. 10 court date.

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