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Two men arrested for cocaine trafficking


The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Two men were arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine after sheriff's deputies found nearly 50 grams of cocaine in one man’s vehicle during a  traffic stop on Friday.

The traffic stop was conducted on U.S. 11 North, just outside of Bethel.

Hunter Joel Dees, 21, and Rashod Thomas Ballentine, 23, each are charged with trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transport, and conspiracy to traffic cocaine. They are being held at the Pitt County Detention Center, each under $1 million bond.

Prior to the traffic stop, the men were named as persons of interest after the Pitt County Sheriff's Office Narcotics division concluded their investigation into illegal cocaine trafficking at East Carolina University.


The police department released reports Monday with the following details and allegations:

Break-ins, thefts

■ 4600 E. 10th St., 9:03 p.m. April 21: two Pioneer and two Scoshe speakers valued at $81.67 stolen from Walmart and recovered; case closed/cleared.

■ 700 block Southeast Greenville Boulevard, 7-7:30 p.m. April 21: two Nike T-shirts valued at $40 stolen from department store and recovered; arrest made.

■ 1900 block Turnbury Drive, 7:30-7:58 p.m. April 20: pack of potato salad and pack of chicken wings valued at $6.53 stolen from grocery store and recovered; investigation ongoing.

■ 228 S.W. Greenville Blvd., 10-10:25 a.m. April 20: embezzlement reported at Toys R Us; amount of embezzlement not reported; investigation ongoing.

■ 100 block Daughtridge Drive, 8 p.m. April 17-2:45 p.m. April 19: Herstal FN-FNS 9mm pistol valued at $700 stolen from vehicle; case inactive.

■ 4600 E. 10th St., 3:15-3:22 p.m. April 18: Charge 3 speaker valued at $149 stolen from Walmart and recovered; arrest made.

■ 3140 Evans St., 4:10-5 p.m. April 17: pair of Sony Bluetooth headphones valued at $349.99 stolen from Best Buy; arrest made.


■ 2200 block University Suites Drive, 10-10:40 p.m. April 22: 20-year-old woman assaulted by ex-boyfriend at ex-boyfriend’s home; extent of injuries not reported; SECU debit card of unlisted value and a rose-gold iPhone with marble case valued at $200 stolen; investigation ongoing.

■ 1900 block Tara Court, 3:31 a.m. April 22: 31-year-old woman assaulted by acquaintance at acquaintance’s home; extent of injuries not reported; case inactive.

■ 3200 block East 10th Street, 8:11 p.m. April 20: 23-year-old woman assaulted by ex-girlfriend at ex-girlfriend’s home; minor injuries reported; case inactive.

■ 1900 block River Drive, 6:10-6:20 p.m. April 20: 29-year-old woman assaulted; extent of injuries not reported; investigation ongoing.

■ 2000 block Copper Beech Way, 3 a.m. April 29, 2017-9 p.m. Aug. 18, 2017: 22-year-old woman assaulted by ex-boyfriend at ex-boyfriend’s home; extent of injuries not reported; investigation ongoing.

■ 100 block River Bluff Road, 1:45-1:55 p.m. April 20: 48-year-old woman assaulted at home by spouse; extent of injuries not reported; 26-year-old man assaulted by acquaintance; extent of injuries not reported; case closed/cleared; victim refused to cooperate.

■ 400 block Greenview Drive, 2:30-2:47 a.m. April 18: assault on female at home reported; age of victim, relationship to offender and extent of injuries not reported; case closed/cleared.

■ 400 block Oak Grove Avenue, 9-9:45 p.m. April 17: 33-year-old man assaulted with deadly weapon at home by known person; extent of injuries not reported; case cleared/closed; unfounded.

■ 300 block North Sylvan Drive, 8-8:45 p.m. April 17: 32-year-old woman assaulted at home by ex-boyfriend; extent of injuries not reported; case inactive; warrants obtained.

■ 100 block Concord Drive, 10-10:50 p.m. April 16: 46-year-old woman assaulted at home by ex-boyfriend; 26-year-old man assaulted at home by ex-girlfriend; extent of injuries to both victims not reported; case inactive.

■ 3000 Stantonsburg Road, 8:35-9 a.m. April 8: Black & Mild Cigarillo Jazz and two packs of Cheetos, all valued at $2.48, stolen from Speedway; arrest made.


The sheriff’s office released reports Monday with the following details and allegations:

Break-ins, thefts

■ 7330 N.C. 33 East, near Grimesland, 11:49-11:50 a.m. April 20: petroleum products valued at $67.24 stolen from Express Food Mart; investigation ongoing.

■ 2500 block Joe Gardner Road, near Grifton, noon April 16: force used in open land areas; metal scraps valued at $100 stolen; damage to property reported; amount of damage not reported; investigation ongoing.

■ 5900 block Emma Cannon Road, near Ayden, 6:30-6:33 p.m. April 21: larceny reported at home; no items listed as stolen; case closed/cleared; prosecution declined.

■ 5300 block Weyerhaeuser Road, near Ayden, 6:40 p.m. April 22: cutting tool used to gain entry to residence; building materials valued at $50 stolen and recovered; arrest made.

■ 600 block Teresa Drive, near Washington, 8 p.m. April 18-noon April 19: force used to gain entry to home; iPod valued at $40 stolen; case closed; leads exhausted.

■ 1900 block Redman Avenue, 9 p.m. April 22: break-in to home by spouse reported; no items listed as stolen; investigation ongoing.

■ 2200 block Nathaniel Drive, 10 a.m. April 21-7 p.m. April 22: HP laptop valued at $500 stolen from home; investigation ongoing.

■ 1600 block Lennon Street, 10:34 p.m. April 22: $150 in cash and a SIM card valued at 99 cents stolen from 29-year-old man along street; investigation ongoing.





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