Police officers who stopped to check on a group of people standing outside a house late Thursday wound up in a foot chase that led to a parole absconder and another man being charged with having more than a pound of cocaine.
According to a search warrant and two arrest warrants, Ryan Jeremiah White, 29, and Antonio Phillips, 22, were two of three men who ran from the house at 2000 Atkins Drive while police were walking down a driveway to question a man who they though had signaled to someone inside.
Each was charged with cocaine trafficking, felony cocaine possession and several misdemeanors.
White was arrested on a cocaine-possession charge in April after police surveillance and a search of a house on Hargrove Road.
The arrest warrants Thursday accused White and Phillips of having 1.26 pounds of cocaine, some of it in bags that Officer C.R. Dahmke said were dropped during the foot chase that followed.
There were four women and a man in the group that Dahmke said drew officers’ attention to the house. The man seemed to have an open container of alcohol, Dahmke said.
“As we approached, I could smell an overwhelming odor of burning marijuana,” Dahmke told a magistrate when asking for the search warrant. “We detained the five subjects at the car.”
In addition to the cocaine, police said they seized two digital scales like ones that drug dealers use, five cell phones, five bags of tobacco “possibly laced with unknown substance” and a pellet pistol.
Police had arrested White on a cocaine-possession charge on April 19 after they searched part of a four-family house at 4557-D Hargrove Road.
The warrant for that search, which had been returned to the Wake County court clerk’s office Thursday morning, said officers had been watching White during the week before and saw what they believed were two drug transactions.
White was free on bail when he was arrested Thursday night.
State corrections officials list Phillips as an absconder from parole. He was convicted in February 2016 of cocaine possession and gun possession by a felon and was released from prison a year later.
White was released from jail in February 2017 after serving time for gun possession by a felon, communicating threats and assault by pointing a gun in Wake County.
White was convicted of manslaughter and gun possession in Moore County in a 2007 case.
A magistrate ordered Phillips held without bail.
White was held on $325,000 bail.