ROCKINGHAM — Investigators seized more than 300 grams of meth and more than 50 grams of fentanyl after serving a search warrant at a home in East Rockingham.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the narcotics case had been under investigation for about a month following “numerous complaints.”
The RCSO Community Impact Team and Special Response Team served the warrant at the Mill Road residence on Friday, May 5 and reportedly found and seized:
- 317.7 grams of methamphetamine
- 52.4 grams of fentanyl
- 10.5 grams of crack cocaine
- 11.8 grams of marijuana
- 102 Xanax pills
- Four Adderall pills
Investigators also reportedly recovered an unspecified number of firearms, one of which had been reported stolen, and $1,109 in U.S. currency.
Two men, 34-year-old Bryman Gomez and 24-year-old Romel Tamir Kelly, were charged in connection to the investigation.
Gomez is charged with: possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of a stolen firearm; trafficking in methamphetamine; trafficking in opium or heroin; possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine; possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance; possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; felony possession of cocaine; posession of a Schedule II controlled substance; possession of methamphetamine; maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Gomez was booked into the Richmond County Jail on a $1 million secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court May 18.
Kelly is charged with: trafficking in methamphetamine; possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine; and possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana.
Investigators say Kelly was also served with outstanding warrants charging him with assault inflicting serious injury, assault on a female and assault and battery; as well as served with orders for arrest for failing to appear in court on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia (all three in Hoke County from 2016), communicating threats and second-degree trespassing.
Jail records show Kelly also has charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, felony conspiracy, discharging a firearm in city limits, possession of a handgun by a minor, three counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied property, and injury to personal property.
Kelly is being held on a combined $284,500 secured bond. He has court dates scheduled for May 18, 22 and 30.
Online court records show Gomez already has the following pending charges from 2021: possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; felony probation violation
Gomez also has pending traffic citations of speeding and reckless driving with wanton disregard from 2022.
Records with the N.C. Department of Adult Correction show Gomez is still serving an 18-month suspended sentence from an August 2022 conviction of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.
Gomez was first convicted on misdemeanor charges of breaking and entering and larceny in 2006.
The following year, he was convicted of trafficking in a Schedule II controlled substance and spent nearly three years in prison.
Eight months after being released, Gomez was convicted of possession with intent to sell a Schedule IV controlled substance and accessory after the fact of a felony.
In 2018, Gomez was convicted of possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance. He was initially given probation, which was revoked in 2020 when he was again convicted of possession with intent to sell a Schedule IV controlled substance and spent nearly 20 months behind bars.
Records show Kelly has no prior convictions, but the aforementioned charges stem from 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021 and this year.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.