Sheriff: PCP Becoming A Popular Drug For Teens

$20,000 Worth Of PCP Seized During I-40 Traffic Stop

On Thursday, deputies with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Team conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 40 near mile marker 360 for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, deputies established probable cause to search the vehicle and its occupants.  As a result of the search, a half-gallon clear jar containing PCP (phencyclidine) was located inside the vehicle.

“This is the first time I can recall as Sheriff that someone has been arrested in Sampson County for possession of PCP,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said. “When you think of PCP, you typically think back to a drug of the 1970’s. Unfortunately, it seems to be making a comeback among teenagers and I encourage parents to educated their children of how dangerous this drug can be.”

Authorities said the PCP, which is also known as “angel dust”  had a potential street value of $20,000.

PCP is a central nervous system depressant which can easily be made by anyone with basic chemistry skills.  It is also growing in popularity.  It can produce a schizophrenia-like syndrome, coma, convulsions, neurologic and cognitive issues or even respiratory arrest.

The driver, Willie Simon, 57, of Wilmington, NC was arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, felony conspiracy, possession with intent to sell and deliver phencyclidine, and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

The passenger, Michael Simon, 54, of New York, New York, was arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, felony conspiracy, possession with intent to sell and deliver phencyclidine, and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

Both suspects were jailed under a $200,000 pending a March 22nd court appearance.