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Richmond County deputies charge 3 with crack cocaine possession

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Naquan Gill, top, and Tyree Bell, bottom, were charged with crack cocaine possession following the execution of a search warrant Jan. 3. William L. Cox was arrested Jan. 7 after crack cocaine was allegedly found in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Naquan Gill, top, and Tyree Bell, bottom, were charged with crack cocaine possession following the execution of a search warrant Jan. 3. William L. Cox was arrested Jan. 7 after crack cocaine was allegedly found in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Richmond County Sheriff's Office

ROCKINGHAM — In the first week of the new year, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three East Rockingham men on cocaine charges.

Deputies served a search warrant Jan. 3 on an Aleo 6th Avenue home where they found suspected crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

Investigators arrested 38-year-old Naquan Anthony Gill and 41-year-old Tyree Lewis Bell, both of the searched residence.

Gill is charged with one count each of possession of cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance.

Bell is charged with one felony count each of possession of cocaine; possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. He is also facing misdemeanor charges of simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were booked into the Richmond County Jail, with Bell being held under a $25,000 secured bond and Gill under a $15,000 secured bond. They are scheduled to appear in court Jan. 24.

Online court records show Bell was scheduled to appear in court Monday on similar drug charges, charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and a citation from the N.C. State Highway Patrol for driving with a revoked license. He also has a court appearance set for Jan. 31 on felony charges of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge. Those charges stem from an investigation by the Rockingham Police Department, records show.

On Monday, deputies arrested another man 45-year-old William Lawrence Cox, of Aleo 4th Avenue, following a traffic stop on Airport Road when suspected crack cocaine was allegedly found in his vehicle.

Cox was also arrested on an outstanding warrant issued four days earlier for cocaine possession.

He is charged with two felony counts each of possession of cocaine and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for controlled substance, as well as a misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia.

He was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 17.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety show Gill has no previous convictions in the state.

Cox was convicted of a misdemeanor fraud charge in 2012, records show.

According to state records, Bell was first convicted of a misdemeanor obstructing justice charge in 2008.

Three years later, he was convicted on a felony charge of selling a Schedule II controlled substance. 

Bell was also convicted of a sex offender residence violation in 2012. According to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, Bell was convicted of an unspecified sex crime in Nassau County New York in 2002.

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