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License check results in five drug arrests

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SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) -- A special ops unit with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office made five arrests over the weekend.

According to spokeswoman Emily Flax, officers were performing a license checking station at Old Shallotte Road and McMilly Road in Shallotte around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. They said they found 89 bags of heroin along with pills, marijuana, paraphernalia and a gun in one car.

They said they arrested the five men in the car. Those men are Jarvis Alonzo Davis, 34, of Wilmingon, Bradley Christopher Griffin Jr., 29, of Longwood, Steven Thomas Hansford III, 25, of Hallsboro, Aveon Lasha Slappy, 19, of Bolivia, and Delonne Watts, 25, of Longwood.

The men face several charges including possession of heroin and cocaine, drug paraphernalia and concealed weapons.

Flax said Watts, Davis and Slappy are still in jail. Hansford and Griffin were released Sunday.

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ALL IN ONE

So these guys were all in one car, its no wonder why they got busted, i am glad they got busted having heroin, cocaine, and an illegal gun that's bad stuff, but charging them with marijuana is pointless compared to the other charges. And as others have hinted towards licence checkpoints are, and IMO unconstitutional, there is such a thing as freedom to travel unmolested(freedom of movement)provided in the 4th article of confederation, the privileges and immunities clause and in the international bill of human rights which ties in with unreasonable search and seizure provided in the 4th amendment also closely associated with freedom of expression and freedom of association although when the constitution was drafted freedom of movement wasn't included because it was thought to be such a fundamental human right it didn't need to be written down, obviously it should have included from the beginning. don't get me wrong i am not defending these idiots, but there was no probable cause for the sheriff's "special ops" to believe that any one of the hundreds of drivers stopped didn't have a licence or were carrying drugs and guns big whoop they went fishing for trout and caught a few salmon. IMO its a waste of tax payer money and their time spent waiting behind these checkpoints, really their attention should be focused on the areas where these problems(heroin, cocaine, and illegal guns) are most prevalent instead of drag netting all just to catch a few. not to mention the "orphaned" right to travel in a vehicle of ones choice on public roads without licence(permission from government)of which there are state laws to the contrary which is why there are no united states drivers licences only state issued ones. most people take their rights for granted because they don't know them and have never taken the time to learn and understand them, IMO The Constitution should be a required high school course.
WE THE PEOPLE make the Nation and the Government, not the other way around.
i went pretty far off topic but unconstitutional impedance of travel ticks me off

Torn between two feelings

Glad to read that some apparently really bad guys were arrested by the good guys. Society is better off if criminals like these five are separated from the general population if, sometimes unfortunately, only for a brief period of time.

But ...

Extremely uncomfortable with the concept of the police generically stopping everyone who drives into their net if the only official premise for the roadblock is to check drivers' licenses. At least with a DUI roadblock, there is arguably some probable cause (this is still somewhat of a gray area) for an arrest, albeit only after being stopped by the roadblock, based upon the police officer's detection of intoxication. I fail to see how anything even nearing that concept could be applied by law enforcement officials to a stop and arrest being made at a "license checking" station.

Hear Hear

Everytime I read about another checkpoint bust I get a chill down my spine. Of course I support not drinking and driving, not dealing heroin, and generally obeying all laws, but these dragnet checkpoints are getting perilously close to voiding one of our country's most precious rights and protections. Protection from unreasonable search and seizure is paramount to a free society and was not randomly added to the constitution on a whim.
To those who will respond that if you are not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about, history has proven you wrong many times. Google it my friends.

Some people seem to forget

Some people seem to forget that innocent people have rights too.

The Supreme Court has ruled that these checkpoints don't violate the Constitution. If I am not mistaken, they say it's okay because of public safety issues.

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Patrick Henry

Dangerous Precedent

I am very concerned over the number of these roadblocks that our local PDs have been setting up. I think this is a slippery slope which our society is sliding down. How many roadblocks are too many? Should we expect to be stopped every time we drive?

I agree. The Supreme Court

I agree. The Supreme Court says that it is in the interest of public safety. How many other things will they allow in the name of public safety? The Constitution guarantees freedom from unreasonable search and seizure period. It doesn't guaranteed freedom from unreasonable search and seizure unless it is done in the interest of public safety. When you go by that interpretation, you get what was done in the search for the Boston bombers.

I may be mistaken but I

I may be mistaken but I thought the Supreme Court ruling was about DUI checkpoints, which most of us would agree is a public safety issue. A "license check" sure seems to fall more into a "general policing" check which has been ruled against before.

What I had found was that

What I had found was that these checkpoints are okay because it is not at a single officer's discretion and they aren't single out just one person. As long as the decision to do a checkpoint is a supervisor's decision, the Supreme Court says it isn't in violation of the Constitution.

The state has money for

The state has money for these checkpoints, but the state lab is so underfunded that a woman runs over and kills a little boy and her drug tests won't be back for a YEAR? Where are our priorities???

It's no surprise that the

It's no surprise that the government has screwed up priorities.