After chase, man faces cocaine-trafficking charge for second time in July

08/01/2014 3:13 PM

08/01/2014 3:14 PM

A Wake County sheriff's deputy, who chased a car that he said was being driven recklessly by a man who was free on bail from a July 2 arrest for cocaine trafficking, put handcuffs on the man again because deputies found what they said was almost five pounds of the drug in the GMC Envoy he was operating Friday.

Robert Lee Alston, 32, of 3301 Trail Drive in Wendell was arrested shortly before 3 p.m. Friday at Quarry Road and Mitchell Mill Road, arrest records show, and charged with two counts of cocaine trafficking, maintaining a vehicle for drug use, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and fleeing to avoid arrest.

There was 2.2 kilograms (4.85 pounds) of cocaine in the Envoy, Deputy B.A. Jenkins said in arrest warrant.

On July 2, deputies had arrested Alston on an identity-theft charge and served warrants accusing him of cocaine trafficking and maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling place on May 28.

When he was brought before a magistrate Friday, his bail was set at $5,530,000. Alston was scheduled for a first appearance in court on Monday afternoon.

Raleigh police had charged Alston in April with reckless driving, and the magistrate noted that there was a total of 11 charges against him pending before Friday.

Alston was convicted in 2008 of 12 counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon in the fall of 2007, and he served prison time until May 2002.

He was charged with cocaine possession with intent to sell in June 2003 and cocaine trafficking – which is triggered by larger quantities of the drug – in May 2004, and he was convicted in 2005 and released from prison in April 2007.

Between August 2007 and early October that year, Alston was charged with several counts of cocaine possession. He was convicted of some in October 2007 and others in in February 2008 and served time in prison until November of 2008.

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