Searching For Fugitive at Super 8 Motel in Gaston Leads to Drug Charges
The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office reported the following according to Captain C.A. Parker:
Gaston- On Tuesday September 21, 2021 shortly before 12 a.m., agents with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division with the assistance from Gaston Police Department, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and Roanoke Rapids Police Department went to the Super 8 Motel in Gaston, NC to attempt to locate a fugitive with numerous felony warrants based on information agents received that the fugitive was staying at.
Upon approaching the room, agents came in contact with a female later identified as Jennifer Prater, 31 from Margarettsville. While speaking with Prater agents could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the motel room, agents also saw in plain view drug paraphernalia.
During a subsequent search of the room, agents located and seized a user amount of cocaine, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia which included a glass smoking pipe, straws with white residue and syringes.
Agent R.T. Horton arrested and charged Prater with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Prater was given a $1,000 bond and September 29, 2021 court date.
Citizens are encouraged to report possible drug activity by calling the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division at (252) 534-2611 ext: 175 or Northampton County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stoppers at (252) 534-1110