Things went from bad to worse for a man arrested at a Johnston County Sheriff’s Office SAFE Team license checkpoint.
Around 2:30pm Monday, SAFE Team deputies were conducting a license checkpoint on Country Store Road near Selma. Officers noticed an approaching Ford Taurus swerve off the roadway but avoid wrecking just prior to the checkpoint. When the driver rolled down his window at the checkpoint, officers reportedly detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.
The driver, 35 year-old Reginald Jamal Willis of Wilson, was reportedly found to have methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. He was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Johnston County Jail.
While exiting the patrol car outside the jail entrance, the arresting officer noticed a clear bag next to where Willis had been seated. The bag allegedly contained Ecstasy pills.
As Willis was walking into the jail, several pills reportedly began falling out of his pants. Willis allegedly began ‘stomping’ on the pills in an attempt to crush and destroy them. Authorities said the pills were suspected hydrocodone.
Willis was charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and altering or destroying criminal evidence. Bail was set at $100,000. The car he was driving was also impounded.