(Southern Pines) - The Southern Pines Police Department announces the arrest of Kevin Lamont Alston, 41 years of age, of Ramser, North Carolina, for the following charges: Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine, Possession of Heroin, Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substances, Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting/Delay/Obstruct an Officer and Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Kevin Lamont Alston is a convicted habitual felon with multiple robbery, narcotics and resisting arrest convictions dating back as early as 1998.

On May 10, 2019, at 5:50 pm, officers from the Southern Pines Police Department were investigating a suspicious vehicle in the 1600 block of U.S. Highway 1 in Southern Pines, North Carolina. During this investigation Kevin Lamont Alston exited his vehicle and assaulted one of the investigating officers and then fled on foot. During the ensuing foot pursuit, Kevin Lamont Alston threw to the ground a satchel just before being taken into custody by the pursuing officers. The satchel that was discarded was found to contain Heroin, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Suboxone and Drug Paraphernalia.

Chief Bob Temme offered the following comments subsequent to this arrest: “The opioid crisis is a public health emergency in our country. We all play a role in tackling the grip these drugs currently hold on our loved ones and communities. The State of North Carolina Judiciary can, and should, play a critical role in addressing the opioid epidemic. Swift and certain long term incarceration of those supplying opioids to vulnerable individuals in our community, struggling with addiction, may not always serve as a deterrent, it will however always save lives. I choose the latter for my community as my first priority.”

Kevin Lamont Alston appeared before a Moore County Magistrate, and was subsequently incarcerated in the Moore County Detention Center under a $125,000.00 secured bond pending a hearing in Moore County District Court on June 10, 2019.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.