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Raleigh Police Arrest 5 People for Possession of Cocaine at Crabtree Valley Mall

Shortly after stores at Crabtree Valley Mall closed on Sunday evening, Raleigh police arrested five shoppers who were allegedly found to be in possession of cocaine.

According to the NewsObserver, the three women arrested were on record as employees at a Victoria’s Secret store at the mall. The two men had no employment on record.

Each of the arrestees were charged with possession of a gram of cocaine with intent to sell, manufacture or distribute. Two of the accused, Bobbi Jamyce Wells, 19, and Sarah Nicole Kennedy, 19, were freed on bail. Courtney Margaret Berry, 23, was held in lieu of $11,000 bail, and Preston Arkel Neblett, 22, was held in lieu of $16,000 bail. One of the arrested parties, Nicholas Antwan Merritt, 25, may be wanted in another state and has been held in lieu of $2 million bail. An attorney for Merritt says he had already been cleared of charges in that other state.

Merritt was also charged with resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia, and the other four individuals were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Per the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act, cocaine is listed as a Schedule II drug, which means it carries a very high risk of addiction. Individuals found guilty of possession of cocaine in North Carolina could face six to 12 months in jail.

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