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1 charged, 2 sought in Rockingham drug investigation

ROCKINGHAM — Police charged one individual and have obtained arrest warrants for two others in relation to a narcotics investigation at a local apartment complex.

Last week, the Rockingham Police Department — with help from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — executed search warrants at three apartments on Cauthen Drive.

Police reportedly found unspecified quantities of meth, fentanyl and marijuana in the apartment where they arrested 46-year-old Marcus Mayfield, according to a media release posted to Facebook Tuesday afternoon.

Mayfield was charged with: two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance; one count of maintaining a place for a controlled substance; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail Sept. 15 and, as of 3 p.m. Sept. 20, he was still being held on a $50,000 secured bond. Mayfield is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 6.

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Police have obtained warrants for Erica Cooper on the same charges. Investigators also have outstanding warrants for D’andre Swinnie, charging him with trafficking a Schedule II controlled substance and selling or delivering a Schedule II controlled substance.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cooper or Swinnie is encouraged to call the Rockingham Police Department at 910-895-2468, Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454 or dial 911 to be transferred to an investigator. Information can also be passed along using the P3 Tips mobile app.

Mayfield appears to have no previous convictions in North Carolina.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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