Snow Hill man, Greenville woman charged with trafficking cocaine, marijuana

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Two people are behind bars after a three month-long investigation by the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force.

Police say they conducted a search warrant at a residence on Westridge Court in Greenville on Wednesday where they seized 4.1oz of cocaine, 2lbs 13oz of marijuana, a Tech-9 gun, .22 revolver and $35,630 in U.S. currency from the residence.

They subsequently arrested and charged 32-year-old Travis Earl Tuten of Snow Hill with Trafficking in Cocaine (1) ct., PWISD Cocaine (7) cts., PWISD Marijuana (3) cts., Maintaining a Dwelling (7) cts., and Drug paraphernalia (7) cts. He’s in the Pitt County Detention Center under a  $1 million secured bond.

Also charged was 30-year-old Ashley Smith of Greenville with Firearm by felon (2) cts., Trafficking in Cocaine (1) ct., PWISD Cocaine (1) ct., PWISD Marijuana (1) ct., and Conspire to sell cocaine (1) ct. She’s also in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $775,000 secured bond.

The Greenville Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of Law Enforcement Officers from the Greenville Police Department, Winterville Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, The Drug Enforcement Administration, Farmville Police Department, and East Carolina University Police Department.

The Greenville Regional Drug Task Force uses a focused and cost effective approach to combating narcotics traffickers within Pitt County and Eastern North Carolina. The Drug Task Force provides an extremely effective network of experienced criminal investigators dedicated to pursuing violators of state and federal controlled substance laws. Leveraging each partner agency’s expertise, equipment, manpower, and finances has proven to be a substantial benefit to the citizens of Pitt County and model of success.

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