Greenville Drug Task Force Makes Several Arrests, Confiscates Drugs

The Greenville Drug Task Force has taken thousands of dollars in drugs off the streets and put several people behind bars in connection to several recent cases.

During a press conference at the Greenville Police Department Tuesday morning-- authorities from several cities laid out the evidence in three different drug cases in Pitt County.

After a two-month investigation, Greenville police seized more than 2.5 kilograms of cocaine, more than $14,000, and a 9mm handgun during a traffic stop on march 5th. Inside the vehicle they say a K-9 alerted police to an air compressor which was outfitted to conceal the drugs.

Two men, Gambino Correa, and driver Julio Rodriguez, were arrested.

Police say these Mexican nationals were involved with supplying drugs to an apartment at Mulberry Lane where 34-year-old Ronnie Chapman was murdered back in December.

In a separate case, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office narcotics unit seized 330 dosage units of heroin, cash and weapons at a home in Farmville on March 13th. James and Carlton Blount were charged in that crime.

Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden says the partnership they have with other police departments and the Drug Enforcement Agency, will break down barriers when it comes to jurisdictions. He says, "It's built this way so the cases are continuous. When you can't go in and out and expect the case to end at that jurisdictional boundary, even if it goes out of county you know, we have federal partners here that will pursue that and pursue you and bring that case to justice."

Chief Aden says their new procedure is to have criminal and narcotic investigators work along side one another--- since drugs are common links to criminal behavior.