First Posted: 1/15/2009
Two county men face separate drug charges after sheriff's drug agents seized nearly 10 ounces of crack cocaine.
Agents on Friday arrested Benjamin Lee Bullard, 25, of 587 Tracy Sampson Road, Lumberton, on charges that he was selling crack.
Agents stopped Bullard's vehicle on N.C. 710 near Rowland and cited him for failure to possess a driver's license, according to sheriff's Lt. Charlie Revels. After Bullard consented to a search of his car, deputies say they found 9 ounces of crack in a plastic bag under the driver's seat of his 1999 Dodge Intrepid, according to Revels.
Bullard told authorities he paid $4,800 for the crack cocaine and was selling it for $6,000, according to Revels.
Drug agents charged Bullard with four counts of drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed on $60,000 bond.
In an unrelated case, agents arrested Billy Ray Brooks after seizing almost an ounce of crack from his Maxton home on Tuesday.
When agents arrived at Brooks' 10987 U.S. 74 home, they say they found him sitting in a recliner with his 3-year-old son. When Brooks saw investigators, he “jumped up and ran toward the kitchen,” Revels said.
Revels said agents found 26 grams of crack cocaine in a kitchen cabinet among some canned goods.
“I believe his intentions were to destroy the evidence,” Revels said.
Agents later cited people who came to the home attempting to buy drugs, according to Revels.
Bullard was charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, misdemeanor drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana. He was jailed on a $20,000 bond.