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Man on bail arrested with cocaine

Raheem Jufar Harris

Raheem Jufar Harris

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

A Greenville man awaiting trail on weapons and drug charges was arrested Wednesday after officers from a special unit of the Greenville Police Department caught him with cocaine, the department reported.

Raheem Jufar Harris, 24, who police say is a known validated Blood gang member, was spotted by officers patrolling in the 1700 block of Myrtle Street on Wednesday, according to a department news release. When officers approached Harris, he discarded an item on the ground, the release said.

Officers searched Harris and the surrounding area and located eight bags of crack cocaine that were packaged for sale, the release said. He was jailed in Pitt County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond.

Harris was awaiting trial on numerous charges including possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, larceny of a motor vehicle and hit and run. He has served time in the N.C. Department of Correction for weapons charges.

He was arrested by members of the Greenville Police Department’s Gun Violence Reduction Unit, a four-officer team made possible through a hiring grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The unit is tasked with taking a data-driven, proactive approach to reducing violence, the department news release said.

Since the launch of the unit in June 2016, officers have seized nearly 200 weapons, thousands of dollars in U.S. currency, and have made a dramatic dent in street level narcotics sales, the release said. The unit has worked closely with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to enhance sentencing for repeat violent offenders.

The police department’s overarching enforcement strategy aims to join anti-violence resources from federal and local partners, utilizing each agency’s expertise to remove violent offenders from our community, the release said.

Harris on Wednesday was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of drug paraphernalia and resist, delay or obstruct an officer.

His his previous convictions and pending charges contributed to the $500,000 secured bond.

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Crime and Rescue

December 10, 2018

Greenville Fire-Rescue responded to more than 412 fire and EMS calls from Nov. 29-Dec. 5. Following is a breakdown:

FIRE CALLS

Nov. 29

■ 12:33 a.m. — unintentional alarm system activation at 705 E. 10th St. Cleared 12:53 a.m.

■ 3:24 a.m. — public service at 1920 Exchange Drive. Cleared…

December 09, 2018

A 28-year-old Greenville woman was charged with driving while impaired after she crashed into the side of another car while making a wide right turn into the parking lot of the Speedway gas station. 

The crash happened on Nov. 29 at 9:44 p.m at the Speedway located at 3202 E.…

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December 08, 2018

She loved life and loved her family and always had a smile on her face. 

She was a bright 27-year-old who worked hard to provide for her three children, ages 9, 7 and 4.

And when she stepped into a room, if you were sad, she would crack a joke to make you laugh and let you know everything is…

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December 08, 2018

A 22-year-old woman was the victim of an attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon on Thursday, according to a case report released by the Greenville Police Department. 

The incident took place in a parking lot on the 1400 block of Westpointe Drive between noon and 12:22 p.m. on Dec. 6, the…

December 07, 2018

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies arrested a 48-year-old man on Friday on child sex charges.

Santiago Hernandez-Islas, of 7709 Stantonsburg Road, Farmville was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child. 

According to an arrest warrant, Hernandez-Islas…

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December 06, 2018

A 34-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint after he was invited into a room at the Camelot Inn on Tuesday, according to a case report released by the Greenville Police Department. 

The incident took place about 12:10 p.m. at the hotel at 2828 S. Memorial Drive. The victim told officers he…

December 05, 2018

A Greenville-area teen has been arrested and charged in an armed robbery that occurred last month north of town, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office reported on Thursday. 

Ja’Keis Spencer Wiggins, 17, of Sterling Pointe Drive was among several people who participated in a robbery at…

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December 05, 2018

The Greenville Police Department on Tuesday identified a woman they believe robbed a Family Dollar at gunpoint last week.

The incident occurred about 6 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the store on 1601 S. Evans St. The department released several images of the woman captured by a surveillance camera Tuesday…

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December 05, 2018

Deputies from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged an Ayden woman Tuesday after they said she stole checks and other items out of mailboxes between Nov. 23 and Dec. 3. 

Hollie Lynn Chaimowitz, 44, of 4205 Colonial St., was arrested on multiple counts of larceny of chose…

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December 05, 2018

Members of the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force arrested and charged two Georgia men after they seized two pounds of heroin during a traffic stop, according to a news release issued Tuesday. 

Ricardo Juarez-Mora, 41, of Ellenwood, Georgia, and Hector Lopez Garcia, 39, from Norcross, Georgia,…

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