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RCSO: Rockingham traffic stop leads to heroin find

ROCKINGHAM — Members of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office reportedly found heroin following a traffic stop last weekend.

According to a press release posted Friday to the RCSO Facebook page, investigators stopped a vehicle Saturday, Oct. 22 at the intersection of Broad Avenue and Hancock Street for a headlight violation.

An investigator reportedly told the driver, 23-year-old Donnie Lee Parker Jr., of Rockingham, the reason for the stop and Parker asked to check his lights.

When Parker got out, investigators say a glass smoking pipe dropped to the ground.

Parker reportedly told investigators that he didn’t have anything illegal and consented to a search of the vehicle.

Investigators reportedly found an undisclosed quantity of heroin wrapped up inside of a cigarette pack.

Parker was arrested and charged with a felony count of possession of heroin and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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The sheriff’s office says Parker was also cited for improper equipment, driving while license revoked and having an improper child restraint system.

Parker was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. It appears he made bail before Friday. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 10 on the criminal charges and Dec. 29 on the traffic infractions.

Online court records show Parker also has a Dec. 21 court date on previous traffic citations.

Parker appears to have no prior convictions in North Carolina.

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

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