Crime

1 Raleigh townhouse, 2 days, 4 drug arrests near NCSU campus

Clockwise, from top left: Jacob Edward Pace, Nabhas Alakkat, Paolo Andres De Urquidi, Nicole Ashley Jones
Clockwise, from top left: Jacob Edward Pace, Nabhas Alakkat, Paolo Andres De Urquidi, Nicole Ashley Jones CCBI

Editor's note: As of June 29, 2018, Paolo DeUrquidi has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from the arrest, and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office asked a judge to dismiss three felony charges and two other misdemeanor charges. DeUrquidi pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling as a place for drugs.

In the case of Jacob Edward Pace, the district attorney’s office dismissed a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia based on Pace’s enrolling in a drug-diversion program. Two felony charges and a misdemeanor were dismissed. Charges of felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for drugs are pending, according to court records.

In the case of Nabhas Alakkat, misdemeanor charges of possession of a Schedule VI drug and possession of a Schedule IV drug are pending. A charge of maintaining a dwelling for drugs was dismissed by the district attorney’s office.

In the case of Nicole Ashley Jones, the district attorney’s office dismissed a felony charge of possession of a Schedule I drug, one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession and a charge of maintaining a dwelling for drugs. A second count of misdemeanor marijuana possession and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule IV drug are pending.

Narcotics investigators arrested a North Carolina State University student on drug charges last week at a townhouse near the campus, and they returned there early Tuesday and arrested three more people.

According to the university’s online directory, two of the three new suspects – Paolo Andres De-Urquidi, 22, and Nabhas Alakkat, 21, – also are students.

The third person arrested when police went to the house about 2:30 a.m. – Nicole Ashley Jones, 19 – is not a student.

The arrests of the trio Tuesday and the arrest last week of Jacob Edward Pace, 20, a junior from Julian, on the Guilford-Randolph county line, involved a range of drugs that included marijuana, LSD, several prescription medications, psilocybin and hash oil.

De Urquidi, who was booked into the Wake County Detention Center with the townhouse at 1914 Fox Sterling Drive as his permanent address, was charged with possession of about 3 ounces of pot; 1 ounce of psilocybin; about 1.2 ounces of concentrated THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana; oxycodone pills; promethazine pills, and lisdexamfetamine pills.

Alakkat, who told authorities that his permanent address is in Waxhaw, was accused of illegally having alprazolam, LSD and a small amount of marijuana.

Jones, who was booked with an Apex address, was accused of having LSD.

Pace was charged last week with having marijuana and THC.

All four were accused of using the townhouse to keep and sell drugs.

Police had not completed reports on the overnight arrests, a spokeswoman said Tuesday morning, and it was not clear why the arrests happened on different days.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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