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The 38-year-old was also investigated in an unsolved fatal shooting earlier this year.
Samuel Eugene Freeman
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A Roanoke man was arrested in late September and charged with a series of drug-related crimes after Salem detectives said he brought heroin into the valley.
Samuel Eugene Freeman Jr., 38, was arrested Sept. 19 after an investigation spanning at least four months, according to a warrant filed in Roanoke Circuit Court by Salem police Detective S.A. Slusser.
Slusser wrote in the warrant, filed Sept. 23, that a “confidential and reliable informant” made several controlled purchases of heroin from Freeman beginning in the spring. The latest purchase, made in early September, tested positive in the field as heroin, he said.
The informant, an admitted former drug user, told Slusser that Freeman came back to his home in Roanoke on Sept. 18 from Washington, D.C., with a quantity of heroin.
Roanoke police, executing the warrant on behalf of Salem authorities, seized a number of items from Freeman’s home, including digital scales, packaging material, powder substances, green leafy substance, an electric grinder, cellphones, ledgers, a semi-automatic handgun and magazine, cash, and clothing.
Freeman is charged with manufacturing, selling or distributing heroin, or possessing it with the intent to distribute it; possession of MDMA, commonly referred to as Ecstasy; possession of a weapon or ammunition as a felon; possession of a gun while in possession of a Schedule I or II drug; and possession of marijuana.
Freeman was eyed earlier this year in an unsolved 2012 Roanoke shooting as well. In that case, prosecutors described him as a person of interest in the investigation into the death of Terrance Rasheen Perdue, 30, found fatally shot in his Pennsylvania Avenue apartment in northeast Roanoke on April 26.
At a bond hearing in February on weapons charges, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John McNeil said Perdue had been Freeman’s roommate at the time of his death.
Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon on Tuesday said Freeman “has not been excluded” as a person of interest in the homicide, but he declined to give further details of the ongoing investigation.
Freeman has 10 prior felony convictions, which means he cannot own or handle firearms. In 2007, he served two years in prison for possession of cocaine and possessing a firearm, Roanoke Circuit Court records show.
Staff writer Tiffany Holland contributed to this report.
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