Rockingham Police took three into custody recently as a result of a pair of drug investigations in the city.
Chief Robert Voorhees said several complaints about drug activity had been received over the past month on Armstead Street in the Rockingham Housing Authority. As a result of the investigation, investigators made several controlled buys of crack cocaine.
Henry Williams, 59, of Armstead Street, was arrested and charged with maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy to sell cocaine. Bond was set at $5,000.
Another suspect, Lamont Quick, 32, of Boone Street, Rockingham, has yet to be apprehended, but also faces the same charges, as well as possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II and sale and delivery of Schedule II have been issued for his arrest.
Voorhees said officers are focusing on those individuals selling drugs and committing criminal activity at the housing authority, and referring many cases to the Federal Court system where the punishment is more severe.
“The good people that live in the Rockingham Housing Authority have the same right to the peaceful use and security in their home as any other citizen,” Voorhees said. “We will not allow a few people that are attempting to abuse the system to make an entire community live in fear. Be put on notice we have a zero tolerance for drug activity.”
In a separate investigation, multiple complaints of drug activity were received about a residence on Ellerbe Road, leading to the arrests of two Rockingham men charged with selling marijuana.
A controlled purchase was also made in this case.
Bobby Mauk, 39, of Ellerbe Road, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the sell of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $5,000.
Also arrested was Mathew Malzer, 19, of Five Points Trailer Park, and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the sell of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $5,000.