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Saturated patrols in Northampton County conducted in coordination with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the seizure of drugs and firearms.

Captain C.A. Parker of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office said there were 470 grams of marijuana, 6 grams of crack, 5 grams of powdered cocaine, drug paraphernalia and five firearms seized.

These patrols were conducted in the Gaston, Woodland, and Rich Square areas.

June 30 — Gaston

Agent D.J. Epperson of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the driver of a Cadillac for a motor vehicle violation in the area of Highway 46 near Warner Bridge Road. 

The driver failed to stop for blue lights and sirens. After a short vehicle pursuit the rear passenger, a juvenile, exited the vehicle and ran carrying a book bag. 

After a brief foot chase the juvenile was apprehended by Epperson and Parker. 

The juvenile was found in possession of marijuana and a firearm. A juvenile petition will be filed at a later date.


Epperson made agents R. Horton of Northampton and B.J. Murphy of Halifax aware of a vehicle violation. 

Horton and Murphy attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

The driver pulled into the parking lot of a store. 

The driver then left and Horton and Murphy followed.

While agents were in pursuit a bystander observed the occupants throw a firearm from the vehicle. 

The pursuit ended in the area of Louis McGlen Lane in Gaston. 

The occupants were identified as Tylek Smallwood and Teven Vincent, both 19, and were found in possession of THC edibles.

Lieutenant A.B. Roye of Northampton recovered the firearm thrown from the vehicle.

Northampton County Central Communications made agents aware that the firearm was stolen. Horton arrested and charged Smallwood for possession of a stolen firearm.

He received a $5,000 bond and Smallwood received a $5,000 bond and July 20 court date. Horton arrested and charged Vincent for felony flee to elude, possession of a stolen firearm and felony possession of schedule VI. 

Vincent received a $2,500 bond and July 20 court date.

Rich Square 

On July 1 Horton observed a vehicle operating with no headlights.

Horton attempted to conduct a traffic stop for the violation. 

A short pursuit ensued which resulted in a juvenile exiting the vehicle running on foot carrying a bookbag. 

After a brief foot chase, the juvenile was apprehended by Horton. 

The juvenile was found in possession of three firearms, marijuana, crack cocaine and cocaine. Horton will follow up with this investigation as a juvenile petition will be filed. 

Captain A.M. Harris of Halifax pursued the vehicle which later came to a complete stop. 

The driver was later identified as Michael Eason Jr., 27, of Woodland. 

Horton arrested and charged Eason with felony flee to elude. 

Eason received a $500 bond and July 20 court date.

“The combination of Halifax and Northampton County Sheriff’s Offices has created a synergy that is crippling illegal drug operations in our counties,” Parker said. “The narcotics units for Halifax and Northampton will continue to work hand-in-hand to eliminate these illegal activities within our communities.”

Said Harris: “This was a very successful operation. Agents went to areas of interest in several communities that Captain C.A. Parker had received complaints. Agent follow-ups resulted in several car/foot chases, gun/drug seizures and arrests. I commend the agents of both sheriff’s offices.”