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A Roanoke Rapids man wanted in a December armed robbery was taken into custody Thursday.

Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said officers received information on the whereabouts of Jason Tyler Rook, 29, around 9:15 a.m.

Officers located Rook in the 300 block of Franklin Street. Rook was taken into custody after a brief attempt to flee. He was charged with robbery and confined to the Halifax County Detention Center on a $40,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in district court today.

Rook, who served a prison term for the 2014 robbery of the Roanoke Avenue New Dixie Mart — was wanted for the December robbery of the same store.

In the December robbery officers learned a masked person entered the store brandishing a knife and demanded money from the clerk.

The clerk complied with the demands and the suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

Drug charges 

In unrelated cases Martin said on Tuesday narcotics Sergeant M. Worrell and narcotics Agent C. Batchelor were in the area of Sheetz when they noticed a woman later identified as 44-year-old Shannon Tadlock driving on a suspended license.

Officers stopped the Roanoke Rapids woman in the area of Ashberry Court and observed the occupants were attempting to conceal something from them.

Batchelor deployed his dog Rudy and the canine gave a positive indication of narcotics.

The officers learned Tadlock and 37-year-old Virginia Smith were concealing drugs, Martin said.

The search yielded a total of 18.15 grams of meth and .46 grams of suspected fentanyl.

Tadlock was charged with trafficking in opium or heroin, possession of meth, possession of schedule II, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule I, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.

She received a $70,000 bond and February 23 court date.

Smith, also of Roanoke Rapids, was charged with possession of meth and received a $5,000 bond. She has the same court date as Tadlock.

Officer N. Powell assisted.

On Monday shortly after 9 p.m. Master Officer J. Melvin conducted a traffic stop in the area of West Tenth and Jackson streets after observing a vehicle with a revoked plate.

Melvin recognized the driver as 30-year-old Wendy Rose, with whom the officer had had past dealings.

Deputy R. Chin of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office assisted with his dog, which gave a positive alert on the presence of narcotics.

A search of the vehicle revealed .06 grams of crack cocaine and 3.40 grams of marijuana in a jar. 

Rose, of Roanoke Rapids, was charged with possession of schedule II, possession of schedule VI, no insurance, and revoked registration plate. 

She received a $3,000 unsecured bond and February 23 court date.