Jones County Traffic Stop On Hwy 70 Yields Felony Drug Charges

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JCSO Press Release: 10/18/2013

Robert Thomas MitchellEric James Vorenkamp

Pictured left to right: Robert Thomas Mitchell and Eric James Vorenkamp

A Jones County deputy patrolling on Hwy 70, on October 5th, obtained a radar lock on a vehicle travelling 81mph in a 55mph zone. The deputy performed a traffic stop on the reckless driver in the area of the Dover exit.

Upon his approach to the vehicle, the deputy noticed that the vehicle was occupied by three individuals and could smell the odor of Marijuana emanating from the driver’s side window. Due to the number of occupants in the vehicle, the deputy radioed for additional assistance. Lenoir County Sheriff’s deputies and a North Carolina State Trooper responded to assist.

The driver and two 16 year old passengers were detained and a probable cause search of the vehicle ensued. During the course of the search, the deputy located seven individual baggies of Marijuana, controlled prescription pills, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.

As a result of the deputy’s findings, the driver, Robert Thomas Mitchell, 22 of Kenly and the rear passenger, Eric James Vorenkamp, 16 of Clayton, were arrested and taken before the Magistrate on duty. While in the Magistrates Office, the arresting deputy learned that Vorenkamp had been entered into NCIC as a runaway juvenile, by the Four Oaks Police Department in Johnston County.

Mitchell was charged with Possession with Intent to Sell & Deliver Marijuana (F), Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substance(M), Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance(M), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia(M), Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile(M), Reckless Driving to Endanger(M), Speeding and Failure to wear a Seatbelt and Vorenkamp was charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana(M).

Mitchell was issued a $10,000 Secured Bond, while Vorenkamp received a $1,000 Secured bond. Both were placed into the custody of the Jones County Detention Center and are awaiting trial. The other juvenile passenger was turned over to an adult family member.

~JCSO Public Information Officer

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