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Two arrested on drug charges in separate investigations

James Kevin Powers and Steven Lee Smith (Beaufort County Sheriff's Office photos)

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office announced two arrests on drug-related charges.

A Pitt County man was arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses after selling methamphetamines to undercover investigators. James Kevin Powers, 51, of Country Club Drive in Grifton was charged with trafficking in methamphetamines, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of storing and selling a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest occurred on December 19, 2017, as a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit, Grifton Police Department and the Pitt County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit.

Investigators purchased methamphetamines from Powers in Beaufort County. During the investigation, they conducted surveillance and learned that Powers lived in Grifton and was selling methamphetamine in Pitt County and Beaufort County.

Investigators executed a search warrant on Powers' residence and found approximately 36 grams of Methamphetamine packaged for resale, digital scales and marijuana, officials said.

Powers is currently being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $110,000.00 secured bond.

Steven Lee Smith, 33, of 2600 Frederick Road in Chocowinity was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping and selling a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith's arrest came after an investigation that began after complaints came in that he was distributing marijuana. A search warrant of Smith's home turned up 945 grams of marijuana packed in Ziploc bags. Also obtained was a Ziploc vacuum sealer, digital scales, a plastic bag contained suspected cocaine and $38,400.

Smith was placed in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

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