Sheriff’s office: Man threw counterfeit drugs out car window

Frederick Deprise Johnson Jr. (photo by Dare County Sheriff's Office)

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A man pulled over by law enforcement on Roanoke Island earlier this month received counterfeit drug charges.

Because of an investigation, the Dare County Narcotics Task Force suspected a person was traveling to the county on Sept. 6 to sell cocaine, according to Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers got in place to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle, and as they began the traffic stop, a bag was tossed out the window of the vehicle. Hoggard said the bag was recovered and it contained what appeared to be a counterfeit controlled substance.

The suspect, 23-year-old Fredrick Deprise Johnson, Jr. of Washington, N.C., was arrested and charged with the following: possession with the intent to sell/deliver counterfeit controlled substance, create a counterfeit controlled substance, two counts possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and two counts possession of cocaine.

Hoggard said some of the charges were outstanding warrants. Johnson was released from police custody on a $25,000 bond.

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