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Carteret drug enforcement efforts lead to more convictions

SCOTT E. THOMAS
DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following defendants charged in ongoing Carteret County drug enforcement efforts entered guilty pleas prior to their cases being called for trial this week. The convictions were obtained during a special session of court, requested by District Attorney Thomas to address the caseload created by vigorous law enforcement efforts to counter illegal drug transactions. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over this special session of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney David Spence.

MARIO JONES, 36, of Newport, pled guilty to Attempted Trafficking in Opiates, and admitted his status as an Habitual Felon. Judge Alford sentenced Jones to a prison sentence of 105 to 138 months. Jones had three prior convictions for Felony Breaking and Entering, and prior drug convictions. Jones assisted co-defendant Dwayne McCoo in supplying oxycodone tablets to an undercover informant working with an investigator with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office in October, 2015.


KANDICE KAHLEY, 33, of Beaufort, pled guilty to Trafficking in Opiates and received an active prison sentence of 70 to 93 months. Kahley sold oxycodone tablets to an undercover informant working with a detective with the Morehead City Police Department in October, 2015. The transaction took place in the parking lot of the Wal- Mart in Morehead City. Kahley and co-defendant Phillip Thackston fled to Indiana and had to be extradited back to North Carolina to face these charges. Thackston pled guilty last month and received a prison sentence of 70 to 146 months.


MIKAEL DEWAIN DIXON, 44, of Newport, pled guilty to Trafficking in Opiates and twelve other lesser felony drug offenses, and received an active prison term of 70 to 93 months. Dixon sold oxycodone tablets to an undercover informant working with investigators with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office in June and July, 2015.


MICHAEL JOHNSON, 45, of Beaufort, pled guilty to Sale and Delivery of Oxycodone, and received an active prison sentence of 13 to 25 months. Johnson sold five tablets to an undercover informant working with the Morehead City Police Department. Johnson was already on a probationary sentence when he committed this offense, and the probationary sentence of 14 to 26 months was activated, and the sentences were ordered to run consecutively to each other.


PATRICK JONES, 26, of Beaufort, pled guilty to Sale of Heroin and was sentenced to a prison term of 15 to 29 months. The sale took place in March, 2016, at the Dutch Treat Mobile Home Park in Newport, where Jones sold 10 bindles of heroin to an undercover informant working with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.


JAMES KING, 31, of Havelock, pled guilty to Sale of Heroin and was sentenced to a term of 11 to 23 months in prison. King sold heroin to an informant working with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, and the transaction took place in the parking lot of Gil’s Market in Newport, in December, 2015.


ANDRE MELVIN, 33, of New Bern, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine, and received an active prison sentence of 6 to 17 months. Melvin was arrested after being found passed out behind the wheel of his car at the Speedway Mart in Newport. An officer with the Newport Police Department responded, and arrested Melvin for Resisting a Public Officer after Melvin gave the officer false identifying information. The officer located two bags of cocaine on Melvin during a search incident to arrest for the resisting charge. Melvin also faces drug charges in Craven County, where he is scheduled for trial next week.


MADELINE DARE JOHNSON, 27, of Morehead City, pled guilty to Sale of Heroin and six other felony offenses related to the sale of heroin in March 2015 and March 2016 to informants working with the Morehead City Police Department. Judge Alford sentenced Johnson to an active prison sentence of 8 to 19 months, followed by another sentence of 70 to 140 months which he suspended, and placed Johnson on supervised probation for five years, once she is released from prison.

Seven other defendants also pled guilty to felony drug charges during this special term of court, and received suspended sentences, based upon the circumstances of each case and the defendants’ lack of prior criminal record.

Carteret County drug convictions

Beaufort, North Carolina District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following drug-crime convictions obtained in Carteret County Superior Court during last week’s term. Each conviction resulted from the defendant’s guilty plea, prior to their cases being called for trial. Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Parsons presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney David Spence.

DONNIE HOWARD, 50, of Newport, pled guilty to two counts of Trafficking in Opiates, and was sentenced to a prison term of 70 to 93 months. HOWARD sold hydrocodone and oxycodone to a confidential informant working with the Morehead City Police Department, on several occasions between July 2015 and January 2016.


JOSHUA ELY, 25, of Beaufort, pled guilty to two counts of Sale of Cocaine, and one count of Sale of Oxycodone, and was sentenced to a total of 30 to 63 months in prison. The sales were to a confidential informant working with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and the Morehead City Police Department, in November and December 2015.



GERALD WHITFIELD
, 59, of Newport, pled guilty to two counts of Sale of Oxycodone and was sentenced to a prison term of 10 to 21 months. In June and September, 2016, WHITFIELD sold oxycodone to a confidential informant working with the Morehead City Police Department.


TIMOTHY REGINALD JONES, 34, of Morehead City, pled guilty to Sale of Morphine, and was sentenced to a prison term of 12 to 24 months. JONES sold the drugs to a confidential informant working with the Morehead City Police Department in April, 2014.


DONOVAN REELS, 29, of Newport, pled guilty to two counts of Sale of Heroin, and one count of Sale of Marijuana, and was sentenced to a prison term of 26 to 50 months.    REELS sold the drugs to a confidential informant working with the Morehead City Police Department in July, 2015.

Search Warrant at Convenience Store Leads to Owner’s Arrest

Taisser Tawfiq Shehadeh

Beaufort, NC – (February 13, 2017) On February 10 at approximately 12:30 pm, detectives with the Carteret County Drug Task force and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement executed a search warrant at 4525 NC-101, Havelock, NC, Asmar Convenience Store – formerly Nadine’s Food Mart, for evidence related to the distribution of illegal narcotics from the business.

Detectives seized “crack” cocaine (more than one ounce – 33.5 grams), marijuana, counterfeit controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia that were being sold from the business. At the conclusion of the search, detectives charged and arrested the owner of Asmar Convenience Store, 52-year-old Taisser Tawfiq Shehadeh, 5504 Yates Garden Lane, Raleigh, NC, for three counts of felony trafficking in cocaine; one count each for maintaining a place for selling a controlled substance; felony possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana; felony manufacturing of marijuana; possession of controlled substances on a licensed premises; criminal use of a counterfeit controlled substance by offering for retail sale herbal Viagra; possession of glass tubes for retail sale without complying with NC general statue; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Buck stated, “When we talk about drug dealers in our county it’s common to think about individuals selling drugs out of their homes, but here we are standing in the parking lot of a business where the owner is engaged in illegal drug sales.”

“If you go into a store in Carteret County and they are selling what appears to be drug paraphernalia, I’d suggest not doing business with that store anymore,” Sheriff Buck added.’

Shehadeah was transported to the Carteret County Jail and was issued a
$100,000 secured bond. Shehadeah is scheduled to appear in a Carteret County courtroom on Monday, February 13 for a first appearance on the charges.

Beaufort man found deceased

On Monday, 02/06/2017 at approximately 9:30am Carteret County deputies along with Beaufort Fire & Rescue and North River Fire Department responded to the 600 block of Merrimon Road outside of Beaufort after an inmate work crew cleaning the roadside discovered a body in a ditch.

Deputies determined the man to be 66-year-old Sidney Tate Jr of Marshall Lane, Beaufort. Tate, who was known for walking up and down Merrimon Road, was found less than a quarter mile from his home. Tate was discovered in a small ditch of water near Isaac Murray Drive but there were no obvious signs of trauma to the body. Tate’s next of kin have been notified
and the incident is under further investigation pending an autopsy.

Information sought in attempted Car Jacking [Updated]

Dummy sitting in the middle of the roadway.

Viewer information has led Carteret County deputies to three neighborhood juveniles responsible for setting up the dummy in the roadway. One of the three juveniles ages 10, 14, and 17 told investigators the whole ordeal was supposed to be a prank. Juveniles explained that they set up the dummy in hopes that someone would run it over and think they hit a real person and “freak out”. Detectives will be continuing the investigation and consulting with the district attorney’s office to determine if charges will be filed. Detectives do not believe this incident is related to Monday’s Dollar General robbery.


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Carteret County Sheriff’s Office

Carteret County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for an attempted car-jacking that occurred at the intersection of West Southwinds Drive and Pagoda Court in the early morning hours of Sunday, 01/22/2017.

Carteret County deputies responded to the Paradise East subdivision at 1:30am after a 33-year-old woman who was driving home from work approached what appeared to be a person sitting in the middle of the roadway. As she got closer to the person, which turned out to be a dummy, two young white males wearing dark hoodies pulled on the door handles of her locked vehicle. The victim immediately drove away which was the “absolutely the right thing to do” said Jason Wank. Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate any suspects and the dummy was seized.

This incident should serve as a reminder that while operating your vehicle it’s a good idea to keep your doors locked and remain inside when approaching anything suspicious.

The dummy was constructed of a fake plastic head and kids clothing including a red Field & Stream shirt. Anyone who has information about this dummy or the people responsible for making it are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office, Derek Moore, at 728-8400 ext. 8849 or Crime-Stoppers at 726-INFO (4636).

At the current time detectives are unable to rule out of this incident is connected to the Dollar General robbery.

Information sought in attempted Car Jacking

Dummy sitting in the middle of the roadway.

Carteret County Sheriff’s Office

Carteret County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for an attempted car-jacking that occurred at the intersection of West Southwinds Drive and Pagoda Court in the early morning hours of Sunday, 01/22/2017.

Carteret County deputies responded to the Paradise East subdivision at 1:30am after a 33-year-old woman who was driving home from work approached what appeared to be a person sitting in the middle of the roadway. As she got closer to the person, which turned out to be a dummy, two young white males wearing dark hoodies pulled on the door handles of her locked vehicle. The victim immediately drove away which was the “absolutely the right thing to do” said Jason Wank. Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate any suspects and the dummy was seized.

This incident should serve as a reminder that while operating your vehicle it’s a good idea to keep your doors locked and remain inside when approaching anything suspicious.

The dummy was constructed of a fake plastic head and kids clothing including a red Field & Stream shirt. Anyone who has information about this dummy or the people responsible for making it are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office, Derek Moore, at 728-8400 ext. 8849 or Crime-Stoppers at 726-INFO (4636).

At the current time detectives are unable to rule out of this incident is connected to the Dollar General robbery.

Suspect sought in Armed Robbery

Carteret County Sheriff’s Office

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Carteret County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for an armed robbery that occurred at the Dollar General, 980 Hwy 24 (Hwy 24 & E. Southwinds Drive) in Newport on Monday night.

Carteret County deputies responded to the business at approximately 8:00pm after a white male wearing a dark colored hoodie and mask entered the store and approached the cash register. The suspect held two clerks at gunpoint with an unknown caliber black handgun and demanded money. One other customer was in the store when the robbery occurred and no one was injured. The suspect made off with less than $300.00 dollars. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Carteret County Crime-Stoppers at (252) 726-INFO (4636) or email Crimetips@CarteretCountyNC.gov. You do not have to give your name to be eligible for a cash reward.

Carteret Sheriff’s Office warns of “Jury Duty” scam

scam-alertThe Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about jury duty scam.

A caller posing as a Carteret County Deputy has been accused of calling unsuspecting victims claiming they have missed jury duty in Carteret County and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller will then request your personal information and attempt to confirm you address. The caller’s demeanor will be authoritative and persistent.

The caller will then attempt to get his victims to wire money and he will “take care” of the warrant by paying this fine. The caller will further attempt to convince you to proceed to a local business and purchase Green Dot Prepaid Cards in the amount of the stated fine.

Detectives warn to be suspicious whenever you’re told you can only pay for something using a Green Dot Prepaid Cards. Getting these calls in general should act as a red flag because the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office will never call you over the phone to request money for a fine.

If you have missed jury duty, a judge will issue a show cause order with a date to appear in court. If anyone attempts to gain money or your personal information simply hang up the phone and report the matter to your local law enforcement agency.

Carteret County Felony Drug Convictions

SCOTT E. THOMAS
DISTRICT ATTORNEY
State of North Carolina
General Court of Justice Prosecutorial District Three B

Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following felony drug convictions obtained by his office during this week’s Carteret County Superior Court term, with Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presiding. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney David Spence.

Cox

ROBERT EARL COX, 59, of Newport, pled guilty to one count of Trafficking in Methamphetamine, and two counts of Sale of Methamphetamine, and was sentenced to a prison term of 70 to 93 months. COX was arrested on July 3, 2015, by detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office after execution of a search warrant at his house in Newport. The sales were both to a confidential informant in June, 2015. Judge Alford also imposed a $ 50,000 fine on COX. COX faces additional charges in Craven County.

Allegretti

EDWARD ALLEGRETTI, 62, of Morehead City, was convicted of one count of Trafficking in Opiates and received a prison sentence of 70 to 93 months. ALLEGRETTI sold 4.26 grams of Hydrocodone to an informant working with the Morehead City Police Department, on November 26, 2014. Judge Alford imposed a $ 50,000 fine on ALLEGRETTI, also.

Bostwick

GEORGE BRYAN BOSTWICK, 29, of Newport, pled guilty to two counts of Sale of Heroin to an informant working with the Morehead City Police Department and the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office. The sales occurred in December, 2015. Judge Alford sentenced BOSTWICK to two consecutive prison terms of 13 to 25 months each.

Adams

CLARA MELISSA ADAMS, 45, of Newport, pled guilty to two counts of Sale of Oxycodone to an undercover informant working with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office in July, 2015. Judge Alford sentenced ADAMS to two consecutive 12 to 24 month prison terms.

Two Indicted on 2nd Degree Murder charges

murder
Carteret County Sheriff’s Office

On 07/11/2016 a Carteret County Grand Jury indicted Michael John Becker, 51, and April Thomas Guthrie, 33 both of 702 Courtyard West, Newport on murder charges for the 2014 overdose death of Kendal Walbert that occurred at 200 Lydia Drive in Newport.

Detective Sgt. James Pittman, lead detective on the case, said Walbert, age 23 at the time, died on August 16, 2014, after using heroin sold to him by Guthrie and Becker. Drug detectives and the SBI worked hard on this case in the processing of not only drug evidence but gathering additional electronic evidence from the drug transactions.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said, “Sheriff Buck and I remain committed to fighting illegal drug activity and the deadly consequences that follow the illegal drug activity. We will continue to evaluate the evidence in each case involving the sale and distribution of illegal drugs and charge for the criminal conduct involved. It is imperative that individuals who engage in the sale of drugs understand they will be held accountable for their acts. We are trying to address the drug problem in Carteret County by focusing on education, prevention, intervention, treatment and enforcement.”

Sheriff Buck added, “I commend the investigators and the District Attorney’s Office for working to bring forth a
prosecutable case and hold these two drug dealers responsible for their actions which contributed to death of a young man in our County. Drug dealers prey upon people with addictions so they can make money or feed their own addictions. The drug problem is one of the main factors in most of our crime and accidental death in our society and we must continue to battle it every day. I hope this arrest and prosecution sends a message that where the evidence is available drug dealers will be held accountable for their actions when their poison causes someone’s death. “

Becker and Guthrie have been charged with one count each of second degree murder with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, sell & deliver heroin, and conspiracy to sell and deliver heroin.

Guthrie is currently incarcerated in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections women’s prison in Raleigh serving a six-year sentence for the sale and delivery of narcotics. Her first appearance is scheduled for Monday, July 18th. Becker was arrested on 07/11/2016 and was placed on a $225,000 secured bond. His first appearance is scheduled for today.

ANONYMOUS REPORTS OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY CAN BE REPORTED TO CARTERET COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS AT (252) 726-INFO OR EMAIL CRIMETIPS@CARTERETCOUNTYGOV.ORG_
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