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Drugs found in aggressive drivers' vehicles

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Deputies made the arrests on Interstate 77 last week.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Cases of aggressive driving on Interstate 77 recently led to Carroll deputies charging three men with illegal drug activities in separate incidents. Working radar on Interstate 77, Deputy Mark Dickerson stopped a vehicle going 93 mph Aug. 3 at approximately 8:30 p.m., according to Sheriff Warren Manning. Before he got the vehicle pulled over, Dickerson noticed a passenger in the vehicle throwing items out of the window, according to a news release from the Carroll Sheriff's Office. This led to a search of the vehicle near the 12 mile marker. "Deputy Dickerson, assisted by Deputy Justin Haga, found and confiscated several small, clear bags containing a half ounce cocaine and less than a half ounce marijuana," it said. The deputy charged driver Michael Leon Oliver, 53, of Rochester, with reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, possession of schedule I or II drugs with the intent to sell, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell. Passenger Errol George Johnson, 29, of Rochester, faces charges of possession of schedule I or II drugs with intent to sell and possession of marijuana with the intent to sell. Similarly, in a separate incident Aug. 5, Deputy Kevin Kemp pulled over a vehicle at the 20.5 mile marker north bond for speeding. "After encountering problems identifying the suspect based on a New York identification card and suspicious activity by driver and the female passenger, Deputy Sheriff Cody Edwards was called to assist with canine Tiesto," the news release said. "The canine alerted onto the car, especially the driver and console area. "A search of the vehicle revealed two individually wrapped bags of marijuana, three empty bags that had the smell of marijuana, and one smoking device." Deputies found another small bag of marijuana on the ground after placing the suspects in restraints. Authorities charged Rodrecus Lamar Canaday, 24, of Garner, N.C., with reckless driving, no valid drivers license, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three men were held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond awaiting court appearances.

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