Felons Caught With Narcotics During Traffic Stop

CLINTON – Deputies with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Team arrested two people Wednesday during a traffic stop on a vehicle that had an expired license plate. The traffic stop took place on US Highway 13 near Bells Branch Road. During the stop, deputies reportedly located approximately 3 ounces of crystal methamphetamine on the passenger, Gregory McLeod, 45, of Marston, NC.

A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and a firearm was located under the driver’s seat. Additional crystal methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine was also located inside of the car. As a result, the driver Laquan Brown, 31, of Laurinburg, NC was arrested.

“What sometimes may seem like a minor motor vehicle violation, often times leads to trained law enforcement officers identify criminal activity.  It is through these proactive measures that deputies will continue to remove criminals from our streets and communities, stated Sampson County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Marcus Smith. 

Brown was charged with possession of a firearm by felon, possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown was held on a $350,000 secured bond in the Sampson County Jail.  He also was out on bond for possession of a firearm by a felon in another county. He had previously been convicted of second-degree murder and robbery.

McLeod, the passenger, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking methamphetamine by transport, possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  McLeod was placed under a $10,000 secured bond. Authorities said McLeod had previously served federal prison time for drug related charges.