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Highway check points net two arrests

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Two men are behind bars after being arrested at driver license checking stations.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says driver license checking stations are one of the many things the Sheriff’s Office has chosen to do to increase visibility, reduce crime and promote traffic safety. 

On April 3, around 8:00 p.m., the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says the Community Crime Reduction Team (CCRT) conducted a driver license checking station on Hwy 55 East near Neuse Road.  During this event, Deputy Dwight Curington of CCRT encountered a vehicle that had a strong odor of marijuana coming from the inside. 

As part of the investigation, the driver admitted there was an illegally concealed handgun in the glove compartment.  Deputy Curington also located approximately 16 grams of suspected cocaine, a firearm and cash.  Antonio Lorenzo Mitchell, was arrested and charged with numerous crimes.

On April 5, around 5:45 p.m., CCRT conducted another driver license checking station on Poole Road.  In this case as well, a strong odor of marijuana was present in the vehicle when it stopped at the checkpoint.  During a search of the vehicle, Deputy Curington located marijuana, cocaine and a stolen firearm.  The suspect in this case, Michael Ray Pigford was arrested and charged with numerous crimes.

Sheriff Chris Hill stated in a press release, “Our society is predominately a mobile society, as such, those that commit crime are also mobile.  Checking stations allow us to lawfully intercede and identify those persons who are driving while impaired, transporting stolen property, and possessing narcotics and illegal weapons.  The typical locations for these check points are areas in which we are problems with criminal activity.  In those respect we are trying to reduce crime to improve the quality of life in those areas.” 

Antonio Lorenzo Mitchell, 40, of Grifton was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver Cocaine and resist obstruct delay a law enforcement officer.  In addition, Mitchell was served with an order for arrest from Pitt County in regards to previous drug charges.  Mitchell was confined in the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Detention Center under a $120,000 bond. 

Michael Ray Pigford, 40 of LaGrange was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of firearm by felon, possession of stolen firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Pigford was confined in the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Detention Center under a $70,000 secured bond. 

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