Man charged with meth possession in Raleigh had been known to US agents

From staff reportsNovember 21, 2013 

— A man whom Raleigh police charged this week after finding methamphetamine in his pickup truck had been on the radar of federal drug agents, according to a search warrant issued for his Fuquay-Varina home.

Russell Gaither Snipes Jr., 52, was arrested Monday morning after a traffic stop in Raleigh led to a police dog alerting to the presence of drugs and police finding almost an ounce of methamphetamine, records show.

The next day, Fuquay-Varina police got a search warrant for Snipes’ home at 225 E. Spring St. and seized a cell phone, a note pad with dollars amounts on it and a sawed-off shotgun, they said in the warrant returned Wednesday to the Wake County Court Clerk’s office.

In their request for the warrant, police said they and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents had conducted surveillance on the home and the truck and had talked with an informant who said he had bought meth from Snipes.

Raleigh police charged Snipes with possession of methamphetamine with intent to make, sell or distribute it and with maintaining a vehicle as a place to keep or sell drugs.

Snipes was freed on bond after his arrest and is due in court again on Dec. 10.

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