Category Archives: DRUGS

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.

Drug trafficker sentenced to prison

 

Scott E. Thomas | District Attorney

New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court this week, MARCUS EDWARD EARL GOLDEN, 52, of New Bern, pled guilty to drug trafficking charges and was sentenced to a prison term. Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Parsons presided over this criminal term of court, and Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the case in court.

GOLDEN was serving a probationary sentence in 2015, when his residence was searched twice. Persons who are under supervised probation are subject to a standard term of probation that allows for warrantless searches of the person and premises by their probation officer, assisted by law enforcement if needed. During the searches, officers found both a trafficking amount of methadone pills and oxycodone pills in GOLDEN’s residence, as well as a semi-automatic handgun wrapped in a shirt on a dresser. The pills were found in both GOLDEN’s pockets and a piggy bank in the residence. GOLDEN has been a convicted felon since February 2014, and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Prior to his cases being called for trial, GOLDEN pled guilty to the following charges: two counts of Trafficking in Opium by Possession, one count of Possession of Firearm by Felon, one count of Possession of Cocaine, and one count of Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substances.

Judge Parsons sentenced GOLDEN to a combined sentence of 70 to 93 months in prison. GOLDEN will be subject to a term of post-release supervision of nine months, during which time he will be subject to similar warrantless searches.

Drug busts continue across county!

Seriff Chris Davis
Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office

Within the last several weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints of drug activity in the Reelsboro Community of Pamlico County. As a result of the complaints, members of the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office conducted numerous operations and arrested numerous criminal suspects. The operations consisted of conducting search warrants, conducting traffic stops and making controlled purchases utilizing undercover agents. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office will continue to target those individuals within our communities that continue to sale and distribute narcotics.

Tabbatha Lynn Targett 02/20/1977 Reelsboro
Arrested for: PWIMSD Sch III, Deliver Sch III, Drug Paraphernalia.
Bond $6000.00 Secured


Shawna Williams Arnold 06/29/1966 Reelsboro
Arrested for: PWIMSD Sch IV CS
Bond $50,000.00 Secured


Denard T Potter Jr 12/16/1969 Reelsboro
Arrested for: PWISMD Sch II CS, Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver Sch II.
Bond $25,000.00 Secured


Hiawatha Antonio Keys 06/16/1985 Edward
Arrested for: PWIMSD Heroin, PWIMSD Sch II CS, Drug Paraphernalia
Bond $50,000.00 Secured


George E. Bateman 03/21/1991 Reelsboro
Arrested for: PWIMSD SCH II CS.
Bond $50,000.00 Secured


Terry Lee Ormond 01/14/1992 Grantsboro
Arrested for: PWIMSD Sch II CS, PWIMSD Sch IV CS, Alter/Destroy Criminal Evidence, Drug Paraphernalia.
Bond $5,000.00 Secured


Ralph Gregory Kinnion JR 06/11/1992 Reelsboro
Arrested for: PWISD Marijuana, Alter/Destroy Criminal Evidence.
Bond $7,500.00 Secured


Michael Wayne Wyman 11/24/1975 New Bern
Arrested for: PWIMSD Marijuana, Resisting Public Officer, Drug Paraphernalia.
Bond $10,000.00 Secured


Michael Russel Lewis 01/28/1946 Bayboro
Arrested for: Sell/Deliver Sch II CS, Trafficking in Opium, Sell/Deliver C/S within 1000 Ft of School.
Bond $250,000.00 Secured


Wanted by Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office:

Danen Fitzgerald Hicks 3 Counts PWISD Cocaine


Elven Marie Johnson PWISD Marijuana

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.

Oriental drug dealer arrested in Durham

Clinton Belangia

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office

Over the last several weeks, Investigators with The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received information about the distribution of illegal narcotics in the Town of Oriental, specifically, 504 Academy Street, Oriental NC. During the investigation, it was determined that Clinton Belangia was involved in distributing heroin and cocaine from 504 Academy Street. On 01/19/2017 Investigators from the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at 504 Academy Street, Oriental NC. Cocaine, Heroin and Marijuana were located inside the house along with U.S. Currency and a firearm. On 01/29/2017 Clinton Belangia was arrested by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office for warrants out of Pamlico County.

Clinton Wayne Belangia was arrested and charged with the following:
PWISD Cocaine: one count
PWISD Heroin: one count
PWISD Marijuana: one count

Belangia had a secure bond of $5,000.00 and a court date of 02/03/2017

Meth lab busted in Reelsboro

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office after receiving several “concerned citizen” complaints started a joint investigation with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and North Carolina Probation and Parole. During their investigation, they were able to conduct a search warrant at George Bateman IV’s residence 170 Hale Road, New Bern NC located in the Reelsboro Community. After execution of the search warrant investigators located evidence of the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

George Bateman IV was arrested and charged with the following:
Manufacturing Methamphetamine: one count
Possession of Methamphetamine: one count
Possession of Methamphetamine Precursor with the Intent to Manufacture: seven counts
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: one count

Bateman’s has a secure bond of $300,000.00 and a court date of 12/16/2016

Pamlico Sheriff, drug arrests made this week

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Sheriff Chris Davis
Pamlico County

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Investigators from the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at 206 Vandemere Rd., Bayboro, NC. During the service of the warrant three individuals were taken into custody and charged with various drug crimes related to the sale of heroin. One of the individuals was also discovered to be wanted as an absconder from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety out of New Hannover County. A quantity of packaged heroin, unpackaged heroin, cocaine, prescription medication, and drug paraphernalia to include scales, baggies, and other packaging materials were seized pursuant to the search warrant.

Investigators were led to the house after a week long investigation that began due to a spike in heroin overdoses with in Pamlico County. At least 5 overdoses were reported during the previous week.

George Fitzgerald FENDERSON, 48 of Wilmington NC was arrested and charged with PWISD Heroin, PWISD Cocaine, Conspiracy to Sell and Deliver Controlled Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. FENDERSON was placed into the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $250,000.00 secured bond and has a first appearance in Pamlico County District Court on Friday. HENDERSON was also a probation absconder from New Hanover County.

Jasmine JONES, 24 of Bayboro was arrested and charged with Maintaining a Dwelling for Keeping and Selling Controlled Substances. JONES was placed in to the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $10,000.00 secured bond and has a first appearance in Pamlico County District Court on Friday.

Markeith Fitzgerald MINOR, 27 of Bayboro was arrested and charged with PWISD Heroin, PWISD Cocaine, Conspiracy to Sell and Deliver Controlled Substances, Maintaining a Dwelling to Keep and Sell Controlled Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. MINOR was placed into the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $300,000.00 secured bond and has a first appearance in Pamlico County District Court on Friday.

Another arrest was made on Monday August 1, 2016, as a result of the investigation into the sharp rise in heroin related overdoses. Emari FORD was arrested after a traffic stop was conducted by the Vice/Narcotics Unit and Narcotics Detection K-9 BOLO alerted to the scent of narcotics inside her vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of an amount of drug paraphernalia including scales and baggies, a further search of FORD resulted in the recovery of a quantity of heroin and prescription medication hidden inside her body. FORD was charged with PWISD Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. FORD was also served with a warrant issued from a previous operation for PWISD Heroin. FORD was placed into the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $15,000.00 secured bond.

Search warrant leads to arrest of Reelsboro man, indoor marijuana/mush room grow

On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation concluded a 3-month investigation into the manufacturing of Marijuana and other narcotics in the Reelsboro Community of Pamlico County. The investigation concluded with a search warrant being executed at the residence of Michael Roach Jr of 5204 Hwy 55 East in Reelsboro. Inside the residence, Deputies and Agents located an indoor marijuana and hallucinogenic mushroom grow. Along with the grow operation, quantities of Marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and prescription medication were located, all packaged for the sale.

This investigation began after investigators with The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received numerous complaints from community members about the suspects involvement in illegal narcotics. This is still and on-going investigation and more charges are expected in the coming week.

Michael Gene Roach Jr.

Michael Gene Roach Jr.

Michael Gene Roach Jr.
W/M DOB- 07/21/1981
5204 NC Hwy 55 East
Reelsboro NC

Charges:

Manufacture Marijuana
Manufacture Sch. I Controlled Substance
Felony Possession of Cocaine

Bond: 10,000.00 Secured

Four arrested in Pamlico County after drugs found in home

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Chris Davis

On April 23rd, 2016 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 6000 block of Neuse Rd in reference to someone Discharging a Barreled Weapon into an Occupied Dwelling. Upon arrival deputies obtained the suspect identities from the victims. The suspects were identified as Brittney Lowery, age 25, of Arapahoe and Johnathan Ireland, age 19, also of Arapahoe. Ireland and Lowery were located at their residence and taken into custody without incident.

Johnathan Ireland

Johnathan Ireland

Ireland was charged with Discharging a Barreled Weapon into an Occupied Dwelling and received a $25,000 Secured bond.

Brittney Lowery

Brittney Lowery

Lowery was charged with Conspiracy to Discharge a Weapon into occupied Property and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and received a $15,000 Secured Bond.

During the crime scene investigation of the residence in the 6000 block of Neuse Rd. a quantity of narcotics was located at the victim’s residence. Christopher Blake Gaskill, age 20, of Arapahoe and Caleb Schmidt, age 20, of Oriental were taken into custody as a result of that search.

Christopher Blake Gaskill

Christopher Blake Gaskill

Gaskill was charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Maintaining a Dwelling, Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and received a $15,000 Secured Bond.

Caleb Schmidt

Caleb Schmidt

Schmidt was charged with Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver Marijuana and received a $2,000.00 Secured Bond.

All four have a first appearance set for April 29, 2016 in Pamlico County District Court.