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A Gaston man already facing opioid trafficking counts was arrested and charged Wednesday for reportedly leading a Roanoke Rapids Police Department narcotics agent on a chase.

Jalen Garner was spotted by Agent B. Council in the area of West Fifth Street committing a stop light violation.

Council attempted to stop Garner and the chase went through the intersection of Fifth and Jackson streets, residential areas, and business parking lots before ending on Highway 48 near the Gaston bridge, Chief Bobby Martin said in a statement.


Council charged Garner with felony flee and elude, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia. possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a revoked license, failure to heed blue lights and sirens, failure to stop at a stop sign, and failure to stop at a red light. 

He was also served with pending orders for arrest for communicating threats and injury to personal property from Northampton County. 

In January Garner was charged on fentanyl trafficking counts after Roanoke Rapids police began receiving tips of drug sales from a local motel.

Garner, 25, and Alexton Andrew, 19, of Roanoke Rapids, were arrested and charged with trafficking fentanyl, conspiracy to traffick fentanyl, possession with intent to sell and deliver fentanyl, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and simple possession of marijuana.

The men were reportedly in possession of 11.9 grams of fentanyl packaged for sale and a small amount of marijuana.

Garner is scheduled to appear in Halifax County District Court on April 7 for the trafficking charges and is scheduled to appear in court April 1 for the Northampton County charges.

For the charges lodged Wednesday he received a $7,000 secured bond and March 3 court date.