HAMLET — Police responding to a call last week found more than they expected, leading to two men facing drug trafficking charges.
According to the Hamlet Police Department, officers responded to a domestic call Friday* which eventually resulted in a search of a vehicle on Wilson Avenue.
During the search, police reportedly found and seized:
- 43 grams of crack cocaine
- 28 grams of methamphetamine
- 50.5 grams of heroin/fentanyl
- 10 packs of suboxone strips
- $1,931 in cash
Police also seized marijuana**, a 2016 Toyota Rav 4 and 24 grams of an unknown powder. Investigators said on Tuesday they were still waiting on test results to determine the substance.
(*The Facebook post from HPD indicates the incident occurred April 2, jail records show the defendants were booked April 1. **The post also indicates 46 ounces of marijuana were seized, however the charge is for a lesser amount.)
Officers arrested 34-year-old Jonathan Lindsey Brown Jr. on outstanding warrants for child support and failure to appear in court.
Brown and 33-year-old Jammal Joseph Cox are each charged with one felony count of: trafficking in methamphetamine; trafficking in opium or heroin; trafficking in cocaine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule I controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule III controlled substance; and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
The two are also each charged with one misdemeanor count of: possession of a half ounce to 1 ½ ounce of marijuana; possession of marijuana paraphernalia; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Richmond County Jail records show Brown is also charged with one count of conspiring to traffic opium or heroin, however, that charge is not listed in the Facebook post or in online court records.
He is being held on a combined $522,414.66 bond, which includes a $21,414.66 cash bond for child support. Cox is being held on a $475,000 secured bond. They are both scheduled to appear in court April 14.
Online court records show Brown has an April 11 court date for a pending 2021 charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, as well as an appearance on April 13 on infractions from the N.C. State Highway Patrol for speeding, reckless driving to endanger and driving with a revoked license.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety show Brown’s criminal record dates back to 2009 when he was convicted of driving while imparired in February and failing to disperse the following month.
In 2010, Brown was convicted on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, as well as a misdemeanor count of maintaining a place for a controlled substance. His probation on the drug and driving charges was revoked in July and he spent nearly three months behind bars.
Brown was convicted in 2014 of possession with intent to sell a Schedule IV controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and assault on a female.
His probation on the Schedule IV conviction was revoked, resulting in another three-month incarceration and he went back to prison for six months on a post-release revocation, getting released the day after Christmas in 2015.
Records show Brown was convicted in 2017 of assault inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. He served nearly a year in prison, but seven months after his release went back for seven months on another post-release revocation after being caught with a gun.
A month after being released, Brown was sent back to prison after he was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon. And, two months later, was sent back on a three-month reimprison violation.
Brown’s parole ended July 31, 2020.
Records show Cox was convicted in 2013 of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was initially given probation, which was revoked in 2016, landing him behind bars for three months.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.