2 convicted felons found selling drugs in Roanoke Rapids, lawmakers say

ROANOKE RAPIDS, NC (WNCN) — Deputies say they have arrested two convicted felons who were found selling drugs in Roanoke Rapids on Friday.

Elijah Tyler Thorne, right, and Jimmie Lee Thorne Jr., left (Halifax County Sheriff’s Office)

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Elijah Tyler Thorne and 65-year-old Jimmie Lee Thorne Jr., both of Roanoke Rapids, after executing a search warrant.

Deputies say they executed the search warrant Friday morning at a house on the 1500 block of Carolina Rest Home Road.

The move came after an investigation found illegal narcotics were being sold and stored at the home, according to the sheriff’s office. It also revealed that the two suspects were convicted felons with multiple guns.

Members of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office’s Hazardous Entry and Arrest Team have been called in because it is “dangerous” to serve the narcotics and firearms search warrant, according to an agency Facebook post.

During the search, deputies said they found both men were in possession of cocaine, 220 fentanyl pills, MDMA (ecstasy), marijuana, several guns and money related to narcotics sales.

According to records, Elijah Thorne is currently on parole following a 2019 conviction for Schedule I possession and a 2020 conviction for common law robbery. He was also convicted of assault by pointing a gun in 2021.

Records show that Jimmie Thorne has been convicted of a felony since 1997 for possession of cocaine from Mecklenburg County. The reports also list convictions for assault, defiance, obstruction, delaying, and transmitting threats.

According to Friday’s search, both men face charges of:

  • Trade Plan I
  • Holding with intent to sell/delivery schedule I
  • Schedule I felony possession
  • possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Maintaining a dwelling for storage of a controlled substance
  • Possession with intent to sell/supply marijuana
  • Crime possession of marijuana
  • Maintain an apartment for storage of a controlled substance

MPs say based on the amount of controlled substances they found in the apartment, agents seized a 2008 Mercedes Benz S550, a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox games console, as well as about $8,000 to end the dated North Carolina Department of Treasury administered taxes on unauthorized substances.

“I’ve been in office for almost a month,” said Halifax County Sheriff Tyree Davis, who was sworn in on July 11. “I hope the people of Halifax County see that I mean business when it comes to improving the quality of life. I will not tolerate the possession, sale or use of narcotics in this county.”

Elijah Thorne was denied bail after his parole was revoked, records say.

Jimmie Thorne Jr. received a $10,000 bond.

Both men were taken to the Halifax County Detention Center. Their court dates are scheduled for August 17.

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Dais Johnston

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