ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has filed charges against another suspected drug dealer.
While continuing to investigate complaints on the sale of narcotics in East Rockingham, detectives with the Community Impact Team reportedly made “several purchases” of methamphetamine and heroin from 42-year-old Gerron Lavare Foster.
Investigators arrested Foster on Tuesday, May 23 and charged him with: two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin; two counts of selling heroin; two counts of delivering heroin; two counts of possession of heroin; possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine; selling methamphetamine; and delivering methamphetamine.
A press release states that Foster was also served with an outstanding warrant for possession of a firearm by a felon, but as of Wednesday afternoon, that charge was not reflected in online Richmond County Jail records. However, jail records do show that Foster is also charged with failure to appear on a felony and failure to appear on a misdemeanor.
Foster is being held on a combined $40,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 1 and June 26.
(Note: Online court records show a pending charge from 2022 of possession of a firearm by a felon with the same court date as the failure to appear on a felony listed in jail records. Court records also show a June 1 date with heroin charges, but it is unclear at this time if those are the same as the current listed charges.)
He is also being held on an $8,735.25 cash bond on the misdemeanor FTA with a court date of May 25.
Foster was first convicted in 1996 of misdemeanor larceny and in 1997 on misdemeanor charges of second-degree trespassing and violation of a local ordinance.
Subsequent convictions include charges of selling drugs, assault on a female, breaking and entering, driving while impaired, common law robbery and larceny of a motor vehicle.
His most recent conviction was in 2016 for being a habitual felon and two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. Foster was incarcerated from November 2016 until February of 2019, but was sent back on a three-month reimprison violation in April of that year and again in October on a post-release revocation and was released in May of 2020.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.