Six hours in one Raleigh block brings four drug arrests

From staff reportsMarch 21, 2013 

Terrence Lamont Avery


— Police charged four men with possession of cocaine or opiates in less than six hours in one block of Bragg Street late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Officers had stopped one of the men in the same area Wednesday afternoon, arrest records showed.

About 10 p.m., police arrested Terrence Lamont Avery, 34, of 812 S. East St.; Alexander Donald Wiggins, 38, of 413 Bledsoe Ave., and William Delegrosso Yates, 51, of 732 Bailey Drive, all in Raleigh.

Avery was charged with four counts of selling or delivering what state law calls Schedule II drugs and two counts of possessing cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver.

Schedule II drugs include opium and drugs, including prescription medicines, that are made from opium or act like it.

Bail for Avery was set at $80,000 pending a court appearance Thursday.

Police had stopped Avery in front of 503 Bragg St. at 2:50 the afternoon before and charged he was driving while his license was revoked.

At 3:17 a.m. Thursday, police arrested Kenneth Dion Deshawn Ruffin, 19, of 1022 Sandlin Place in Raleigh was stopped in the 500 block of Bragg Street and charged him with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver it and possession of what North Carolina law calls a Schedule II drug.

In an arrest warrant, police said Ruffin had one “dosage unit” of cocaine, but his bail was set at $100,000, and he was being held for a court appearance Thursday.

Frequently, people arrested in Wake County on cocaine possession charges are given bail of a few thousand dollars, though the amounts they allegedly have in those instances are frequently not specified in arrest warrants.

Wiggins was charged with possessing opiate drugs and was being held on $2,000 bail Thursday.

Yates was accused of possessing cocaine and posted $5,000 bail and was released Thursday.

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