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Sheriff: Deputies find cocaine in Franklinton home

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FRANKLINTON — A convicted felon was arrested Thursday and charged with drug crimes after deputies searched his home and found cocaine, authorities said.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said it started an investigation of Deshaun Lamont Williams, 45, after citizens claimed he was selling illegal drugs throughout the county, according to a press release.

On Thursday, the sheriff’s office searched his home, 130 Mark St. in Franklinton, under warrant. Deputies said they found about 1.5 ounces of cocaine, cash and scales inside.

Williams was charged with trafficking cocaine and three counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, selling cocaine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance.

He was also charged with being a habitual felon, a fact that Sheriff Kent Winstead seized on in a statement.

“One of our strategies is seeking those individuals who are repeat offenders and continue to engage in their illegal activities,” Winstead said. “This is an example of someone who has been through the system before and did not change his way of life after getting caught.”

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Williams has criminal convictions in Franklin County dating back to 1992. Charges include possession with intent to sell schedule II controlled substances, rioting, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and maintaining a place for a controlled substance.

Williams was held at the Franklin County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.

“We will continue to seek these individuals out and hold them accountable for poisoning our communities with these illegal drugs,” Winstead said.

Citizens can report suspected drug activity by calling Sgt. Ken Pike at 919-496-2186.