Greenville man arrested here for second time in a month

mhankerson@newsobserver.comDecember 17, 2013 

— Wendell police arrested a Greenville man for multiple drug-related charges last weekend, almost exactly a month after Knightdale police arrested the same man on nearly identical charges.

Wendell police arrested Samuel Thigpen the night of Dec. 12 on one charge of trafficking opium or heroin, one charge of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and one charge of possesing drug paraphernelia.

Wendell police were serving warrants from Wake and Pitt counties.

On Nov. 10 in Knightdale, police seized more than 60 grams of illegal drugs and two handguns after pulling Thigpen over for speeding.

Officers found 34 grams of heroin, 28 grams of marijuana, two 9 mm handguns and various scales, bags and rubber bands.

Police arrested Thigpen on felony charges for possession of a firearm by a felon and two separate charges of possesion with intent to distribute controlled substances. He was also charged with trafficking opium or heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Thigpen’s misdemeanor charges were carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges filed in eastern Wake County weren’t Thigpen’s first this year.

In April, he was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, simple possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In May, Greenville police charged Thigpen with possession with intent to sell heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thigpen is currently in custody at the Pitt County Detention Center.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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