Crime

Raleigh police accuse man of dope trafficking week after chase and arrest

RALEIGH A man whom police had charged with speeding away from them to avoid arrest last week and being in a crash and fleeing from that was accused Wednesday of having 11.6 pounds of marijuana.

Police arrested John James-Anthony Blain, 26, whose current address was listed as 6512 Suburban Drive, off Sandy Forks Road, at Wake County Court, where he had a hearing on the charges from last week.

They served a warrant charging him with two counts of marijuana trafficking, and he went back to the Wake County Detention Center, this time with no bond allowed.

Police had chased a car Blain was driving on the night of Sept. 16, and it crashed into another car and kept going before they finally caught him, they said at the time.

Arrest warrants served on Blain when he was released from WakeMed Hospital early the next morning charged him with fleeing to elude police, felony hit-and-run and resisting arrest.

The same night that officers chased Blain, narcotics detectives had arrested two women at a home on Fox Valley Street and said they found 9.97 pounds of marijuana there.

One of those women was Tabara Banjul Blain, 58. It was unclear, however, if she and John Blain are related.

Police had sworn out the drug-trafficking warrant for John Blain the day he was released from the hospital.

Blain also had been arrested by Raleigh police Aug. 21 on a warrant saying he missed a court date in Randolph County for a misdemeanor marijuana-possession charge.

A few hours later, officials learned he also was wanted in Garfield, Colo., for missing a court date there. He was freed on bond in those cases.

Then, he told officials he lived at 6630 Rockglen Way.

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