Citizen complaints lead to Clarendon drug bust

CLARENDON, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested a Tabor City man for selling and distributing heroin and prescription drugs in the Clarendon community. This investigation began from citizen complaints.

The Vice/Narcotics Detectives from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office were patrolling the area of Rough and Ready Road and Shade Fisher Road in Whiteville when they saw Patrick Wesley Brown driving without a seat belt. Detectives tried to pull him over but Brown sped away. Officer chased Brown for approximately 15 miles, reaching speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour.  The chase ended on Clarendon Chadbourn Road when the Brown ran a stop sign and wrecked.

Brown’s Nissan Altima went through a ditch and across a set of railroad tracks, where it became lodged on the tracks.  The oncoming train had to be stopped to avoid impact with the disabled vehicle.

During the chase, Brown discarded a bag from his vehicle. Detectives recovered the bag, a Crown Royal bag, containing several slips of heroin, several bags of marijuana, and a pill bottle containing Clonazepam tablets.

Brown is being held at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center under a $350,000 bond.

He is charged with 1 felony count of Possession with the Intent to Sell and/or Deliver Marijuana, 1 felony count of Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and/or Deliver Schedule IV, Controlled Substance, 2 felony counts of Trafficking Opium or Heroin, 1 felony count of Flee/Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle, 1 infraction of Failure to Wear Seat Belt.

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