Meth Valued At $9,350 Seized During Traffic Stop

Stolen Gun, Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia Also Found

A large quantity of methamphetamine was seized by police during a routine traffic stop.  Police placed the street value of the meth at $9,350.

Around 6:00pm Friday, a Smithfield police officer stopped a car on Mallard Road near I-95 for a routine traffic violation.

During the stop, police recovered a stolen 32 caliber gun and seized 93.5 grams of meth along with 3.2 grams of marijuana, syringes, a prescription pill, and a digital scale.

The driver, William Mack Lassiter Jr., 47, of Joyner Bridge Road, Four Oaks and the passenger, Stephen Ray Liles, 36, of Progressive Church Road, Princeton were arrested.

Lassiter was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of a stolen firearm, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was placed at $305,000.

Liles was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of a stolen firearm, felony possession of methamphetamines, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer. Bail was set at $80,000.

Police Chief Keith Powell said the gun had been reported stolen from Lee County.