Traffic stop leads to felony drug charges in Dare County

DARE COUNTY, N.C (WAVY) – An officer of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office was on a routine patrol in the area of East Lake in Dare County January 15, when he pulled a vehicle over for speeding.

When Sgt. Barrera pulled over the vehicle, he found that the driver did not have a valid licence and while talking to the occupants, he noticed a bag of suspected crack cocaine. After a deep search of the vehicle, Sgt. Barrera found two more bags of crack cocaine and a bag of heroin.

Gerald Patrick Owens and Michael Lee Abbott, of Virginia Beach, were both arrested and transported to the Dare County Detention Center for processing. The men were both charged with felonies of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.

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