GARNER – A Smithfield man and his girlfriend were arrested by law enforcement officers during a traffic stop Friday afternoon on Cleveland Crossings Drive near the I-40/NC42 interchange. Johnston County deputies had responded to the Super 8 Motel to investigate a larceny. The victim alleged Jerry Dewayne Pearce, 40, of the 3800 block of Highway 210, had taken his identification, debit card and iPhone as he left his motel room.
A deputy spotted the suspect operating a black passenger car on Cleveland Crossings Drive and conducted a traffic stop.
Officers determined Pearce was wanted by the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force for a felony parole violation warrant. Inside the car, deputies said they located a 38 revolver. A metal box in the vehicle allegedly contained LSD, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, Saboxone and Ecstasy.
Pearce was charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver methamphetamines, and possession of LSD. He was held on a $500,000 bond.
A passenger in the car identified as his girlfriend, Heather Michelle Shearin, 33, of W. Third Street, Princeton was charged with trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver methamphetamines, possession of LSD and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Shearin was held on a $250,000 bond.
The stolen identification, credit card and cell phone was located and returned to the victim. The victim declined to press larceny charges.