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Rockingham Police charge man with meth trafficking in joint investigation with RCSO, DEA

ROCKINGHAM — Another man has been charged with trafficking meth in a joint drug investigation between local and federal law enforcement.

Officers with the Rockingham Police Department arrested 26-year-old Devonta Levar Dunlap, of Wadesboro, at the Rockingham Days Inn on April 20, according to a Facebook post made April 26.

Investigators reportedly seized a pound of meth and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Dunlap is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine and is being held in the Richmond County Jail on a $250,000 secured bond.

The joint investigation, involving the Rockingham Police Department, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration, also led to the arrest of 34-year-old Michael Octavis Smith of Hamlet on trafficking charges.


According to the sheriff’s office, DEA agents had witnessed Smith make an illegal drug transaction and were following his vehicle.

The DEA reportedly asked the sheriff’s office for help stopping the vehicle on Mizpah Road, however Smith allegedly kept going, turning onto Airport Road, then Hatcher Road. Smith reportedly was unable to make the turn at the intersection with Battley Dairy Road, hit a fence and fled on foot, but was captured a short time later.

Online records show Dunlap has no other pending charges or previous criminal convictions in North Carolina.

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


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