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A Roanoke Rapids man wanted as a fugitive out of South Carolina was taken into custody Tuesday by the United States Marshals Service with assistance from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

Lieutenant Shane Guyant said Detective Sergeant J. Pignanello, Corporal G. Keel and deputies D. Williams, and C. Watkins assisted in the arrest of 40-year-old Vernon Jenkins, who was wanted for an attempted murder in Lexington, South Carolina.

Marshals had developed leads that Jenkins was living in the Karen Street area of Roanoke Rapids.

Upon arresting Jenkins, law enforcement observed narcotics in the home and applied for a search warrant which yielded three handguns, powdered cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia.

Jenkins’ girlfriend, 23-year-old Shanaybian Damonie Cunningham, was also arrested and faces charges of felony possession of cocaine, felony conspiracy to sell/deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

She received a $5,000 bond and May 30 court date.

Jenkins is being held without the opportunity for bond as he awaits extradition to South Carolina.

He faces charges of being a fugitive from justice, three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony possession of cocaine, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances and simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. 

Jenkins is a felon due to a 2001 conviction in Hudson County, New Jersey for selling and distributing narcotics within 1,000 feet of a school.

He has a May 30 court date.