Richmond County sheriff’s deputies: Man sold crack; pair stole comic books

By: By Gavin Stone - Staff Writer
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ROCKINGHAM — An investigation into the dealing of crack cocaine by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of a Rockingham man on Monday.

Charles Ray Johnson, 52, of Broadway Street, sold a total of 0.8 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant in three transactions between March 13 and May 4, according to warrants for his arrest. He was allegedly using his home to store and sell the drugs.

Johnson is charged with 12 felonies: six counts of sell or delivering a Schedule II controlled substance; three counts of possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; and three counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Johnson was still on probation at the time of his arrest, following an 18-month suspended sentence for a February 2017 felony conviction of selling or delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a place for a controlled substance.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond is scheduled to appear in court May 31.

Johnson has never been incarcerated, but has been convicted of several felony and misdemeanor drug and theft charges, dating back to November 1998 when he was convicted of felony larceny, for which he was given probation, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

His misdemeanor convictions were for receiving stolen goods in May 2006, using or possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing a Schedule II controlled substance in March 2015, records show.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office arrested a pair — one from Anson County, one from Montgomery County — who allegedly conspired to break into a home on Oak Ridge Church Road in Hamlet.

There, the duo stole comic books, toy action figures and costume jewelry worth a total of $50, according to warrants for their arrest.

Markess Akeem Henry, 27, of Wadesboro is charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Jasmine Diggs, 21, of Troy is charged with one felony count of conspiracy to break and enter a building and commit felony larceny.

Henry was booked under a $25,000 secured bond; Diggs was not jailed. Both are scheduled to appear in court on May 24.

Neither has any prior convictions or pending charges, according to online state records.

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

Reach Gavin Stone at 910-817-2674 or [email protected]

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By Gavin Stone

Staff Writer