Campbell police arrest two on drug charges

Staff report


City police arrested two men on drug charges within a few hours late Monday and early Tuesday.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, police stopped 23-year-old Eric Payne, of Sanderson Avenue, on Murray Avenue for failing to stop at a stop sign.

During the traffic stop, police noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle — to which Payne replied that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day.

A search of the vehicle produced a plastic bag containing 0.6 gram of suspected marijuana in the center console.

Payne was charged with possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor, and also cited for the traffic violation. He is scheduled to appear in Campbell Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Friday.

About 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, police stopped to investigate two men walking in the middle of Wilson Avenue and ignoring traffic.

Officers soon realized the men were drunk, gave them a verbal warning for disorderly conduct and told them to safely walk home.

One of the men asked the officers for a ride, and police responded that the two would first need to be patted down for weapons.

As one officer searched the man who asked for a ride, another officer noticed the other man — identified as 23-year-old Desmond Coker, of First Street Southwest in Warren — making furtive movements, then heard something hit the ground. Police discovered the item contained some change and several paper wraps used to package heroin for sale. Packets of suspected heroin were found.

In Campbell Municipal Court on Tuesday, Coker was charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Coker’s next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 21.

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