Tuesday, 07 September 2021 13:43

Richmond County deputies charge woman with trafficking heroin, meth possession

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ROCKINGHAM — A call of a suspicious vehicle over the weekend led deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to a drug bust.


According to a press release issued Monday, deputies responded to a call around 3:50 p.m. Saturday regarding a vehicle riding up and down Midway Road with a woman inside reportedly “flashing” a handgun.

Deputies were searching the area when a vehicle matching the description was found in the parking lot of a convenience store on U.S. 74 W Business, according to the sheriff’s office.

During the investigation, deputies reportedly found a handgun (no caliber given), in addition to suspected heroin, methamphetamine, glass smoking pipes, marijuana cigarettes, syringes and prescription pills.

Deputies arrested 44-year-old Jennifer Mullins Knight, of Cauthen Drive, Rockingham, and charged her with: trafficking opium or heroin; possession of methamphetamine; selling a Schedule I controlled substance; delivering a Schedule I controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule I controlled substance; maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance; simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The press release did not list the amount of drugs reportedly found, but photos were posted to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Saturday evening. To qualify for the trafficking charge, the defendant must be in possession of at least 4 grams of the drug, according to state statute.

Knight is being held in the Richmond County Jail under a combined $300,000 secured bond.

Online court records show Knight was slated to appear in court Tuesday for traffic citations. She also has a speeding infraction in Scotland County.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Knight has no previous convictions in this state.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.