Monday, December 4, 2023

Man charged with gun and drug charges

Brandon Watson. (WPD).

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man has been charged with two counts of felony firearm and drug possession.

Brandon Watson is charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, two county of carry-concealed weapon-gun, possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled substance, felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school, resist/delay/obstruct, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held at the New Hanover County Detention Center without bond. 

On Jan. 29, the Wilmington Police Department stopped a vehicle on Spring Avenue for a window tint violation. The passenger jumped out of the car and fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, 29-year-old Watson was taken into custody. Watson also dropped two handguns during the incident and officers located a bag containing 100.14 grams of spice/synthetic cannabinoid. 

Shortly after, officers were also able to locate the driver of the vehicle, 40-year-old James Bragg, in a nearby apartment. The residence was searched and drug paraphernalia was seized. Bragg was charged with a window tint violation and given a $5,000 unsecured bond. 

WPD Chief Donny Williams issued a statement regarding the incident in a press release:

“Our officers are out on the streets working hard each day, risking their lives, trying to suppress gun violence and make our neighborhoods a safer place for every family. While I am proud and thankful that our officers were able to de-escalate this dangerous situation, I want the community to understand that this may not always be the case if a subject is non-compliant. We always hope that violent situations end peacefully, however, it is important to remember that our women and men are human and want to live so that they can also go home to their families each night as well. We will take the appropriate actions needed to ensure the safety of our community.”

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