A man wounded last month in a downtown shooting that killed another man was arrested Sunday on heroin trafficking and cocaine possession charges when he was released from WakeMed hospital.
Investigators say the drug offenses occurred on the same day as the shootings and two other people have been charged. But police have not yet said if the cases are related.
Joshua Jamaar Vines, 32, whose address is listed on arrest records as 814 Derwent Place in Knightdale, had been taken to the hospital by friends before police got to the shooting scene, in the 400 block of West South Street near the Red Hat Amphitheater. There, police found Ramon Antonio Shaw, 23, mortally wounded.
No one has been charged in the shooting, which took place shortly before 5 a.m. Aug. 20.
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An arrest warrant that police obtained two days after the shooting accused Vines of having between 14 and 24 grams of heroin, a quantity that qualified for a trafficking charge, which is a more serious felony than possession.
The warrant also accused Vines of possession of heroin with intent to sell and cited 20 “bindles,” or single doses, of the drug, but it did not specify whether they were part of the trafficking quantity or were found separately.
A third charge accused Vines of having about 24 grams of cocaine with intent to sell it.
Two others have been accused of conspiring with Vines to traffic heroin.
On Tuesday, police charged Jessica Tanisha Vines, 25, of 3307 Earl of Mar Court in Zebulon with one felony count of conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin, according to records filed at the Wake County Clerk of Court’s Office.
Police records did not indicate whether Jessica Vines and Joshua Vines are related.
Investigators have accused the pair of conspiring with a third person, Jade Tashawn Robinson, 24, with trafficking and transporting heroin or opium, according to arrest warrants. Robinson also lives at 814 Derwent Place in Knightdale.
Investigator S.B. Snowden, who obtained the warrants, did not disclose where police found the drugs.
Before the shooting, Vines had pending charges in Wake County of firing a weapon in an occupied dwelling or a moving vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill on Dec. 19, 2013.
On June 13, a Wake County grand jury had indicted him on a charge of gun possession by a felon.
When he was arrested last year, Vines gave an address in Fountain, in Pitt County. He was arrested in Wake County on Aug. 28, 2013, on a Pitt County warrant saying he had missed a court date concerning child support.
Vines has convictions for obtaining property by false pretenses and possession of a firearm by a felon, state records show.