Hoke deputies arrest owner of stolen car after finding drugs

Shown is a police car with flashing lights. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Sheriff’s deputies were busy in Hoke County this week, making numerous arrests the department felt were worthy of press releases on the department’s Facebook page. Here’s a roundup of some recent Sheriff Department activity in Hoke County.

On Friday, Jan. 19, a car that had been reported stolen was stopped near Red Springs Road and Cope Road in Raeford where marijuana was in plain view. A bottle of pills with no label was also discovered.

The owner of the car arrived at the scene and confirmed to deputies that the car had been stolen earlier from outside a grocery store — and that it was his marijuana in the car

The pills were identified as oxycodone, and the owner of the car, Travis Levon Paige, was arrested and charged with trafficking of Schedule II controlled substances and possession of marijuana. He was held with no bond. Police did not say what happened to the driver of the stolen car.

Members of the Hoke County Special Operations and Violent Crime Task Force stopped a vehicle at a gas station at 401 Business and Rockfish Road on Thursday, Jan. 25. A strong odor of marijuana was reportedly detected, and two adults and two juveniles were asked to step from the car.

After a search, marijuana and a loaded Glock .45 handgun were located. Deputies also reportedly found marijuana on the driver, Victor Manuel Velarde, and the adult passenger, Peter Alvarez Jacobs.

Both were arrested, with Velarde charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances. Jacobs was charged with carrying of a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. After appearing before a district court judge, Velarde was held on a $50,000 bond and Jacobs on a $10,000 bond.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, deputies responded to a disturbance on the Stone Gate Drive in Raeford where Jackie Cabral was arrested after allegedly kicking a victim’s door in. She was charged with breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure, a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, and damage to property. She received a $10,000 bond after appearing in front of a magistrate judge.

In the early hours on Sunday, Jan. 28, deputies responded to the 400-block of Hogart Street in Raeford after reports of a disturbance. Richard Allen II was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury after he allegedly cut another man’s face during an altercation. The victim was transported to a local hospital, while Allen was held at the Hoke County Jail on a $50,000 bond.