At 2:36 a.m. Saturday, Town of Gaston Police Department Officer Evan Sokolove conducted a motor vehicle stop on Roanoke Rapids Road at School Street.
Sokolove made contact with the operator, who initially provided Sokolove with a fictitious name, according to a press release. Sokolove smelled marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle. Marijuana was located pursuant to a probable cause search.
A records check and positive identification of the operator revealed his correct name as Katoe Wardell Harris Jr. of Roanoke Rapids. It was determined Harris had outstanding warrants from Halifax County for multiple felony firearms violations.
Harris was subsequently placed under arrest on the outstanding warrants and issued State of North Carolina Uniformed Citations for the most recent charges resulting from the traffic stop. Gaston police charged him with resist, obstruct and/or delay, fictitious information to law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana of less than ½ ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and no operators license.
Harris was held without bond on the outstanding warrants from Halifax County due to prior judicial action and review and issued a March 16 court date in Northampton County District Court.
Harris subsequently had his bond reduced by a magistrate to $15,000 secured for the Halifax County felony warrants, which were larceny of firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.
Sokolove was assisted by the deputies with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.