A yearlong man hunt concluded Monday, April 30, 2012, when authorities with the State Bureau of Investigation and the Rockingham Police Department Vice Narcotics Division arrested Michael Maurice Conaway, 26, of 114 Hillary Lane, Rockingham.
According to police, a three-month investigation between both agencies led to charging Conaway with trafficking cocaine. He was in the process of being federally indicted for this charge when he allegedly fled the Richmond County area.
Authorities later received information that Conaway was hiding out in an apartment with a female subject in Rockingham. The SBI formulated a stakeout at the apartment and within a matter of minutes, authorities were able to spot Conaway, Rockingham Police Department said. Once Conaway realized authorities were in the area, he allegedly attempted to flee and was apprehended shortly thereafter on the apartment complex grounds.
Upon apprehension, police said they recovered another large quantity of suspected cocaine as well as suspected marijuana.
“The Vice Narcotics unit is working hard to make drug arrests in Rockingham,” said Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly. “Conaway was gone for a year, and we continued looking for him until we got him. The Vice unit did very well … as soon as they found out he was here, they got a location, staked it out and apprehended him.”
Conaway was placed in the Richmond County Jail under a secure bond of $150,000.