Drug offenses involving marijuana, opium and heroin were at the center of four arrests over the past weekend by Raleigh police.
- Thirty-three-year old Thuong Quoc Nguyen of Raleigh was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute
- Thirty-six-year-old Thai Van Nguyen of Cary was charged with trafficking 10 to 50 pounds of marijuana
- Twenty-two-year-old William Fitch of Maryland was charged with drug trafficking and conspiracy to traffic opium and heroin
- Twenty-six-year-old Jadarrel Allen was charged with trafficking in opium and heroin and conspiracy to engage in drug trafficking
Police did not say whether the Nguyens are related; Thai’s charges came about three hours after Thuong’s arrest and involve accusations that Thai had delivered the marijuana to Thuong. Both were being held on $125,000 bail.
Fitch and Allen were arrested together on New Bern Avenue. Fitch’s bail was set at $1.5 million; Allen’s was set a $3 million.
Determining Pretrial Release In North Carolina
Bail is set, or a bail bond is required, to ensure that a person accused of a crime will return to court to face the criminal charges. A judge or magistrate can set the terms for pretrial release that he or she believes are necessary to secure an accused’s appearance, including:
- A written promise to return
- An unsecured bond
- Under the supervision of a specific person or organization
- A secured bond
- House arrest with electronic monitoring
An individual’s prior criminal history as well as the crime charged are considered in setting conditions of pretrial release
Source: Raleigh News and Observer, “Raleigh police charge four men in two drug cases,” October 8, 2012