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ECU students arrested after police seize drugs, weapons from apartments

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Feb 14 2014 09:59:24 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 14 2014 04:47:36 PM CST
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Police said they seized drugs and a large amount of weapons from a popular student apartment complex in Greenville. The operation led to the arrests of three men, including two ECU students.

Anthony Robert Johnnie, 21, George Elias Alexander Jones, 20, and Samuel Evan Simmons, 21, all face various drug charges. Jones and Simmons are currently-enrolled students at ECU, according to school officials.

Greenville Police said officers responded to Copper Beech Way at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday because of a shots fired call. When investigators arrived, they saw a man run into one of the apartment units.

Police said they then obtained a search warrant for the apartment because officers smelled marijuana. Investigators said they seized six guns from the home- two AK-47s, an AR-15, a 270 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a 20-gauge shotgun. Officers also seized drug paraphernalia and more than $5,000 in cash from the apartment, said police.

Johnnie, who lives at the apartment, and Jones have both been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, investigators said. Jones has also been charged with resisting a public officer. Both were booked into the Pitt County Detention center under a $1,000 secured bond.

The search of Johnnie's apartment led officers to a second apartment on Copper Beech Way, said police. Once there, they arrested the resident, Simmons, and seized 68 Adderall pills, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and a 9 mm handgun, according to investigators.

Newschannel 12 went to the complex to get reaction from neighbors. "They're good kids. It ain't what it was made out to be. I know what they do is wrong," said Taylor Cocke. We asked what exactly they were doing, but she wouldn't elaborate.

Simmons has been charged with possession with intent to sell/distribute a schedule II substance, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, simple possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia, said police. He was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond.