Investigation and traffic stop leads to drug bust

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Narcotics, U.S. currency, and drug paraphernalia seized as part of an investigation conducted by CCSO.

Anique Rashell Pittman

NEWPORT, NC – One person was arrested Thursday on drug trafficking charges in Carteret County after a 3 month-long investigation by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

Newport resident Anique Rashell Pittman, 42, was arrested on Thursday for trafficking methamphetamine and heroin after she was pulled over in a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, narcotics detectives searched the vehicle and found more than 68 grams of methamphetamine and more than 32 grams of heroin.

Narcotics detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to locate and arrest Pittman on outstanding narcotics warrants. Pittman was observed exiting Dutch Treat Mobile Home Park as an operator of a vehicle. Moments later detectives initiated a traffic stop on NC HWY 24.


In addition to the methamphetamine and heroin seized on the traffic stop, detectives located and seized less than a gram of an unknown yellow substance and $2,140 in U.S. currency.

Pittman is facing numerous charges including trafficking of methamphetamine and heroin, maintaining a vehicle that was used for keeping and selling a controlled substance, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, selling a schedule II controlled substance, delivering a schedule II controlled substance, and manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance.

Pittman is being held under a $1 million dollar secured bond at the Carteret County Jail.

During the investigation, Carteret County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives were assisted by the Morehead City Police Department.