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Opioid overdose leads to Bracey arrest / February 28, 2018
A drug overdose led to the Sunday arrest of a Bracey man.

Paramedics administered Narcan — a drug that counteracts the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose — to a woman in Bracey while deputies with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested a male suspect at the scene for obstructing justice.

Deputies Neil Clayton and Calvin Jackson were called to the 100 block of Mohawk Train in the River Ridge subdivision near Bracey Sunday, to assist EMS with an unconscious female. When they arrived, the unnamed female was being loaded into an ambulance as medics attempted to revive her. She had little pulse, according to a report by Clayton and Jackson.

After receiving Narcan, the woman revived and was able to speak with Clayton.

Before that, officers tried to interview Daniel Ray Strickland, 32, of Bracey to ascertain the woman’s medical history. Deputies described Strickland as uncooperative and secured a felony warrant for obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. Strickland was taken into custody. His court appearance is April 26 in Mecklenburg County General District Court.

Strickland is also facing a revocation of his parole tied to a 2016 grand larceny charge.

On Saturday, Deputy Don Blanton pulled over a speeder on I-85. Blanton said his radar clocked the vehicle at 94 mph in a 70 mph zone. Blanton was able to pull the driver over at the seven-mile marker of the interstate. When he approached the vehicle, he reported detecting a strong odor associated with marijuana coming from inside the car.

His search turned up a bag containing a green leafy substance. Arrested was 26-year-old Elson David Primus of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Following his arrest, Primus was searched and several more bags of the same or similar green leafy substance. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and taken to Meherrin River Regional Jail, where he remains. His court date is set for March 22, in Mecklenburg County General District Court.

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