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RCSO: Cocaine, marijuana found during search of Ashley Chapel home

Charles Thomas Bloomfield, left, and Donald Steele are facing drug charges after a search warrant reportedly turned up cocaine and marijuana.

ROCKINGHAM — A man is facing several felony drug charges after multiple law enforcement agencies reportedly find cocaine and marijuana while serving a search warrant.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the Community Impact Team and the Special Response Team — along with members of the Rockingham Police Department’s Vice/Narcotics Unit and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — executed a search warrant Thursday, June 13 at 341 Mizpah Road in the Ashley Chapel community.

During the search, investigators reportedly found and seized 12.5 grams of cocaine and 186 grams (6.56 ounces) of marijuana, along with “an assortment of drug paraphernalia.”

Investigators arrested 38-year-old Charles Thomas Bloomfield, of the home, and charged him with one felony count each of: possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana; and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Bloomfield was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of: simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail on a $100,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 27.

Online jail records show Bloomfield is also charged with two felony probation violations.

Records with the N.C. Department of Adult Correction show was given a 24-month suspended sentence on Dec. 11, 2023 when he was convicted on two counts of possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Bloomfield is being held on a combined $10,000 secured bond for the probation violations and is scheduled to appear in Richmond County Superior Court on June 24.

After serving the warrant, investigators also cited 56-year-old Donald Maurice Steele, of the home, for possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana. That charge was not reflected in online court records on June 18. However, Steele does have several pending traffic infractions.

The sheriff’s office said in a press release Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be pending.

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Online court records show Bloomfield also has multiple pending drug charges in superior court from 2023.

Records show Bloomfield was first convicted in 2009 of possession with intent to sell a Schedule VI controlled substance. His probation was revoked in January of 2011 and he was incarcerated for four months.

Bloomfield was also convicted in 2012 of simple assault and in 2015 on misdemeanor charges of assault on a female, child abuse, and injury to real property.

Steele’s criminal record dates back to a 1997 conviction of possession with intent to sell a Schedule VI controlled substance in Montgomery County, followed by a 2002 conviction on the same charge in Richmond County.

In 2004, Steele was convicted of felony conspiracy and given probation, which was revoked the following year and changed to conspiracy to commit common law robbery, for which he was imprisoned for fewer than five months.

Steele was convicted in 2011 of both possession and possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance. The following year, he was convicted of selling or delivering a controlled substance on school property, which led to him spending nearly 35 months behind bars.

Records show Steele was convicted on two counts of selling a Schedule II controlled substance in 2018, serving eight months in prison. He went back for another four months in late 2020 on a post-release revocation.

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