RALEIGH — Police Tuesday night charged Gerald Allen Rolle, 47, with cocaine trafficking, the same offense that sent him back to prison in 1997 after he had earned parole from a sentence for convictions on other charges.
Investigators arrested Rolle, of 1720 Netherfield Lane, on Park Avenue, near the N.C. State University campus, about 10 p.m., an arrest report stated, and a magistrate set his bail at $1.5 million.
In arrest warrants, police said that Tuesday night and on Oct. 2, Rolle had cocaine in a 2002 black Mercedes.
The first time, they said, he had 18.31 grams. Tuesday night, they wrote, he had “more than 28 grams,” which is the minimum amount in North Carolina law for a trafficking felony.
He was charged with possession with intent to sell on Oct. 2.
Rolle served time in prison in 1986 and 1987 for larceny and misdemeanor breaking and entering.
In 1993, he was sentenced on forgery convictions, but he was released on parole in January 1995, state prisons spokesman Keith Acree said.
However, Rolle was charged with cocaine trafficking in 1997 and convicted of those offenses and of being a habitual felon and went back to prison until February 2005.
Rolle was due in court Wednesday and was being held in lieu of bail at the Wake County Detention Center.