Driver Arrested After Tossing Item In Ditch At Checkpoint, JCSO Says

A Kenly man was arrested at a Johnston County Sheriff’s Office License Checkpoint near Selma.  On Nov. 27th, SAFE Team deputies were conducting a random checkpoint on Bizzell Grove Church Road when a vehicle pulled up and stopped.

An officer allegedly saw a torn clear bag in the floorboard consistent with possible narcotics and asked the driver, identified as 53 year-old Toy Ray Turnage of Highway 581, to step out of the vehicle.  After exiting his vehicle, Turnage allegedly reached into his pocket and threw an item in the ditch.

Deputies retrieved the item, a pill bottle wrapped in black tape. The bottle reportedly contained 11.5 grams of suspected methamphetamines with a potential street value of $1,150.

Turnage was arrested and transported to the Johnston County Jail where he was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamines, resisting a public officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was held in lieu of a $20,000 secured bond.