On 11/22/17, during a joint operation between the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and Tarboro Police Department, Lieutenants Muse (ECSO) and Mann (TPD) observed suspicious behavior from a person in East Tarboro. The person sped away in a vehicle blowing through stop signs and eventually ending up on US 64 Bypass. Edgecombe County deputies got the person stopped at the US 64 Alternate exit in Rocky Mount.
When deputies approached the vehicle, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. Deputy Dozier removed the driver, Khalil Wilkins from the vehicle. A pistol was immediately observed in Wilkins’ seat. A check of the firearm showed that it was entered as stolen by the Duke University Campus Police. Wilkins was found to be a convicted felon. Wilkins has a pending charge of Possession of Firearm by Felon from Tarboro Police Department. Further search of the vehicle turned up a “brick” or 50 bags of heroin. Another 40 bags of heroin was found inside Wilkins’ pants at the magistrate’s office.
Detective Johnson charged Wilkins with Possession of Firearm by Felon, Possession of Stolen Gun, Trafficking Heroin, PWISD Heroin, Maintaining a Vehicle for Sale/Storage of Controlled Substance, and aggressive driving. He was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $900,000 secured bond.
Sheriff Atkinson notes that combined efforts with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are critical in fighting crime. Our office will continue to foster these partnerships to combat criminal elements in our jurisdiction. Sheriff Atkinson wants to thank Chief Webb and staff for their part in planning and implementing the operation that netted this arrest.