St. Pauls police call drug arrest ‘major’

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ST. PAULS — A nine-month undercover drug investigation has led to charges against “a major dealer,” according to St. Pauls police, who say more arrests are expected.

Authorities arrested Leeander Harris, 31, of 149 E. Worth St., after a raid at his home on Tuesday.

Harris was charged with five counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and five counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana. He was placed in Robeson County jail under a $50,000 bond.

Police Chief Tommy Hagens said a task force that includes the St. Pauls police, the State Bureau of Investigation and SWAT team with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department, has been investigating illegal drug activity in the St. Pauls area since October.

“There have been complaints from people in the neighborhood for a long time about some of the going-ons at that house,” Hagens said. “We consider Mr. Harris a major dealer, but we expect to make a lot more arrests. We want the dealers to understand that they will not have a free reign to sell drugs. If they sell it, we are going to find out about it.”

As part of the investigation, Rashad O. McKoy, 36, of 3735 Shaw Road, Lumber Bridge was charged on Wednesday with selling and delivering counterfeit drugs, a felony. He was jailed under a $5,000 bond.