01/02/11 — Dudley man sought on drug charges

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Dudley man sought on drug charges

By Steve Herring
Published in News on January 2, 2011 1:50 AM

A Dudley-area man is being sought by Duplin County authorities on multiple drug and other charges following a Thursday night high-speed chase that started near Calypso in northern Duplin County and ended on Durham Lake Road at Dudley.

Two passengers in the car were apprehended, but the driver, Ricky Simmons Carter Jr., 26, Legion Drive, Dudley jumped from the car and fled into a nearby woods. He is believed to have entered a home in the area.

Carter is wanted on charges of conspiracy to sell cocaine; conspiracy to deliver cocaine; felony elude arrest; felony manufacture of cocaine; maintain a vehicle for the purpose of selling cocaine; possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; possession of firearm by felon; felony possession of cocaine; failure to yield to blue light and siren; possession of drug paraphernalia; and no operator's license.

The two passengers, James Michael Hargrove Jr., 34, Hack Drive, Dudley, and Thomas Earl Oates, 37, Odom Farm Road, Dudley, remained in the car, said Duplin sheriff's Capt. Tim Jones.

Both were jailed in the Duplin County Jail under $4,000 bonds on charges of conspire to sell cocaine and conspire to deliver cocaine.

Members of the Duplin County Sheriff's Office Duplin Interdiction Criminal Enforcement team were preparing to make a traffic stop of Carter's 1991 Nissan Maxima, around 8:30 p.m. when the chase began, Jones said.

The car sped off and deputies saw the suspects throw a handgun and a bag containing several rocks of crack cocaine out a window of the vehicle, Jones said.

Mount Olive and Warsaw police and Wayne County sheriff's deputies assisted in the chase.