DEPUTIES: Pair charged with drug trafficking following Craven County chase

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A man and woman are facing drug trafficking charges after deputies say they led them on a chase in one Eastern Carolina county.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office said that Jacobey Gooch, 41, of Durham, was behind the wheel of a car that was clocked going 95 mph in a 70 mph zone on Highway 70 this past Saturday.

Deputies said they began to chase the car which was weaving recklessly in and out of traffic.

We’re told the chase eventually made its way onto Tuscarora-Rhems Road where deputies say Goodch threw what appeared to be a large amount of drugs from the window.

Deputies say the chase continued onto Highway 17 Business before ending back up on Tuscarora-Rhems Road.

Gooch ended up losing control of the vehicle and coming to a stop, deputies say. The man was taken into custody along with his passenger Vanquina Reid, 38, of Durham.

Deputies say a K9 found the item that was thrown from the vehicle and this it was cocaine. Investigators say drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash consistent with drug dealing was found in the car.

Gooch is facing a slew of charges in the case:

-One count of felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle

-One count of misdemeanor speeding

-One count of misdemeanor reckless driving to endanger

-One count of misdemeanor possession of a revoked driver’s license

-One count of misdemeanor driving while license revoked

-One count of misdemeanor failure to heed light or siren

-One count of improper use of traffic lane

-One count of failure to maintain lane control

-One count of driving the wrong way on a dual-lane highway

-One count of driving left of center-passing on the right

-One count of lane change signal violation

-One count of failure to carry a valid license

-One count of misdemeanor littering

-One count of misdemeanor window tinting violation

-One count of misdemeanor resisting a public officer

-One count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

-One count of felony maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances

-Two counts of felony trafficking in cocaine

-One count of felony possession with intent to sell/distribute cocaine

-One count of misdemeanor assault on a government official

-Two counts of misdemeanor assaulting a law enforcement agency animal

Reid is also facing several charges:

-One count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

-One count of felony maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances

-Two counts of felony trafficking in cocaine

-One count of felony possession with intent to sell/distribute cocaine

-One count of misdemeanor littering

Gooch is being held on a $3,500,000 secured bond while Reid was given a $1,000,000.

Both were scheduled for first court appearances this morning.

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