Rockingham man charged with cocaine, pill possession


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ROCKINGHAM — A man who was first convicted on a misdemeanor drug charge at the age of 16 is now accused of having cocaine.

Deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year-old Garrison Karl Cook, of Northam Road, Rockingham, on Nov. 20 for allegedly possessing cocaine and two unspecified types of prescription pills, according to a press release.

Details of the arrest were not given in the release.

Cook is charged with possession of cocaine, a felony, and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $3,500 secured bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Online court records show cook has another court appearance Dec. 11 on a charge of violating a domestic violence protection order.

Cook’s first conviction was for use or possession of drug paraphernalia in 2008, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction. Later that year, he was also convicted of misdemeanor larceny.

The following year, Cook was convicted of felony larceny and and misdemeanor charges of assault with a deadly weapon against an executive or legislative officer and driving while impaired. His probation was revoked on the previous charges five days later and he spent just more than a month behind bars.

Cook’s probation on the felony charges was also revoked and he was incarcerated for nearly eight months. Just weeks after being released, he was convicted in February of 2012 on felony charges of attempted first-degree burglary and larceny of firearms in Anson County.

His probation on those charges was revoked the following year when he was convicted of another DWI charge and fleeing to elude arrest, both misdemeanors, landing him back behind bars for 22 months.

His most recent conviction was in May of 2016 on a misdemeanor charge of interfering with emergency communications.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court of law.

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