Asheville -- March 29, 2024: While conducting crime prevention in Downtown Asheville on Wednesday evening,

detectives and officers from the Asheville Police Department arrested a man on accusations of drug trafficking.

At around 5:37 p.m. on Wednesday, officers were conducting crime prevention on South French Broad Avenue and Ralph Street when they attempted to contact Daroyal Delmaine James at the junction. 

He began tossing crack cocaine out the window of his automobile into the road as he first tried to elude authorities. James was taken into custody shortly thereafter. 


Daroyal Delmaine James 

-Trafficking in Cocaine by Possession

-Trafficking in Cocaine by Transport

-Possession With Intent to Sell/Distribute Schedule II

-Flee to Elude Arrest w/ Motor Vehicle

-Driving While License Revoked


-48.27g of crack cocaine

-3.52g of marijuana

-1DU of Oxycodone

James was booked into Buncombe County Detention Facility under NO BOND (ineligible for release) due to the Pretrial Integrity Act.

If you have information about illegal gun or drug activity, you are encouraged to contact APD at (828) 252-1110. You can also send an anonymous tip using the TIP2APD smartphone application (search "Asheville PD" in your app store) or by texting TIP2APD to 847411.

Editor's Note:* A criminal charge is an accusation, by law, a person accused of a crime is innocent until proven in a court of law.

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