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Sheriff: Cocaine, stolen gun found in Franklin felon’s home

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KITTRELL — Franklin County investigators said they found cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a stolen gun while searching a convicted felon's home under warrant this week.

Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office searched Rico Dashawn Brooks' home in the 1300 block of Walter Grissom Road on Thursday, according to a press release. Deputies had been investigating the sale of drugs in the neighborhood, which is between Eagle Nest Lane and Baileys Creek Drive southeast of Kittrell.

During the search, the sheriff's office drug unit and special response team seized the cocaine along with two guns. One of the guns was stolen, the release said.
Brooks, 33, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and two counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, selling and delivering cocaine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for the sale of controlled substances.

Brooks was held under a $100,000 secured bond.

Brooks was on probation at the time of the arrest, according to the sheriff's office. He had served 10 years in a state prison on a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession with intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance.

Sheriff Kent Winstead said the drug investigation began following community complaints about drug activity in the area.

"We continue to focus our drug enforcement efforts to address individuals that choose to poison our communities with these illegal drugs," Winstead said in a statement. "Our efforts are enhanced, and we benefit from our citizens speaking up when they see suspicious activity in their neighborhoods."

The sheriff's office said citizens can call Sgt. Ken Pike at 919-496-2186 to report possible drug activity.