Trio of Currituck County drug busts nets six arrests

By on July 24, 2012

Currituck County sheriff’s deputies have arrested six people over the last two weeks on drug charges, including two traffic stops that netted heroin, and the raid of a business alleged to have been selling illegal bath salts.

Deputies responded to several citizen complaints that Hypnotic Glass in Moyock was selling “bath salts” to underage children and adults, according to a news release.

Narcotics officers on July 18 seized 18 containers of the synthetic drug, each equaling 1 gram, and arrested Thomas Clayton Sawyer, 26, of Norfolk.

Sawyer was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A federal law banning the sale of “bath salts” was signed by President Obama earlier this month. The effects of the synthetic drug are similar to cocaine and amphetamines and its use has been linked to suicides.

He was booked into the Currituck Detention Center in lieu of $30,000 bond.

Two separate traffic stops on Friday, July 13 led to the seizure of 316 capsules of heroin and five arrests.

The first came around 6:40 p.m., when narcotics officers stopped a 2002 Mustang on U.S. 158 in Coinjock for a missing license plate, and during the stop discovered 158 capsules of heroin.

Justin R. Snyder, 27, of Grandy was charged with trafficking heroin, conspiring to traffic heroin, maintain place of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

Snyder was still in custody in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Cicero A. Roland, III, 25, of Manteo was charged with trafficking heroin, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and was released on a $2,500 bond.

Following the other two arrests, Shelby Tyler Midgett, 27, of Rodanthe, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

Just after 8 p.m. on July 13, narcotics officers stopped a 1998 Chevrolet truck on U.S. 158 in Powells Point for speeding and found another 158 capsules of heroin inside the vehicle.

Zachary J. Davis, 22, of Wanchese was charged with trafficking heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, and was released after posting $2,500 bond.

Brandon L. Abbott, 19, also from Wanchese, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernailia, and posted a bond of $2,500 and was released.

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