Mother And Son Charged With Drug Trafficking

A mother and son found themselves in the Johnston County Jail Sunday night on felony drug trafficking charges.

Around 11:00pm, a Johnston County deputy was on patrol on Interstate 95 near Kenly and stopped a car near the 106 mile marker for speeding.

After approaching the vehicle, the deputy said he detected an odor of marijuana.  A sheriff’s drug K-9 alerted on the vehicle. During a search, 50 grams of heroin and 44 grams of marijuana were reportedly found.

The driver, Sylvester Tyshawn Pierce, 33, and a passenger, his mother, 56 year-old Sonya Denise Wright, both of Mars Drive, Dunn were arrested on three counts each of drug trafficking.  Both were also charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver marijuana.

While being booked into the Johnston County Jail early Monday morning, Pierce was found to have a cell phone and small bag of marijuana concealed on his person.  He refused to turn over his cell phone to jailors. A deputy was called to assist and Pierce reportedly began swinging his arms striking the deputy in the lip, face, and leg during a scuffle.

Pierce was subsequently charged with possession of a controlled substance in jail and assault on a government official.

Because Pierce was so unruly, a jail booking photo could not be taken.  He was confined in jail under a $1,015,000 bond.  His mother was held under a $500,000 bond.