Weldon couple face fentanyl trafficking charges


A Weldon couple described as boyfriend and girlfriend were arrested and charged today with trafficking fentanyl, according to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

Captain AM Harris confirmed tonight that William Tecumpsah Hamlin, 73, and Ruby Lee Boone, 39, were a couple and allegedly sold the opiate for four to five months prior to today’s arrest during which 451 grams of fentanyl were seized.

The first complaint received against the couple came from the Weldon Police Department, which today assisted in the execution of a search warrant for their residence in the 900 block of Sycamore Street.

Harris said the search warrant was executed shortly after noon by the sheriff’s office’s narcotics division and criminal investigations division.

Constable BJ Murphy had been investigating the couple for several months after receiving information from the police department and other sources that drug-related activity was taking place at the residence.

At the residence, officers located and seized approximately 451 grams of fentanyl along with several items of drug paraphernalia.

Murphy arrested and charged Hamlin and Boone with trafficking in opium, possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule I controlled substance, maintaining a controlled substance dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia. drug.

The couple received bonds of $20,000 and court dates on March 16.

Murphy will continue to follow the activities of this residence. The market value of the seized fentanyl is approximately $45,000.

Citizens are encouraged to report possible drug-related activity by calling the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division at 252-535-1257, Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444 or by downloading the P3 Tips app.


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