Category Archives: DRUGS

RECENT CONVICTIONS IN PAMLICO SUPERIOR COURT

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following convictions and sentences obtained by his office in criminal cases in Pamlico County Superior Court during last week’s term. Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins prosecuted these cases in court, and Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this term of court. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office investigated each of these cases. STEVIE RAY PALMER, 44, of Forest City, North Carolina, pled guilty to Assault on a Detention Facility Employee Inflicting Serious Injury. Palmer, an inmate at Paml…

HEROIN DEALER PLEADS GUILTY IN MIDDLE OF TRIAL, SENT TO PRISON FOR 11 TO 15 YEARS

BEAUFORT –- District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that JAMES DARON MOORE, 31, of Bridgeton, changed his plea in the middle of his jury trial yesterday, and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term. Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this trial, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorneys David Spence and Ashley Eatmon. Moore originally entered a not guilty plea, and a jury was selected on Monday, April 9, and the State began its presentation of the evidence in the case. When the court took its lunch breach at 12:30 on Tuesday, the State was sti…

METH TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico Superior Court yesterday, JOEL PADILLA-GALVES, 49, who resided in Minnesott Beach, was convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine and was sent to prison for 70 to 93 months. The charge resulted from a joint operation conducted by the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The investigators conducted two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Padilla-Galves in a shopping center parking lot in Grantsboro. Police th…

21 criminal suspects were arrested and charged for use and distribution of illegal drugs

Over the past several weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has been actively working several known drug dealers operating within our communities. During this operation, deputies conducted traffic stops, completed controlled purchases utilizing undercover agents, and conducted search warrants at residences that were involved in the use and distribution of illegal drugs. During the operation 21 criminal suspects were charged and several others are expected to be arrested in the coming days. Those arrested were: 1. Manuel Sawyer (11/30/1958) 219 Cowell Rd, Bayboro, NC Char…

Sheriff Asa Buck and District Attorney Scott Thomas Help Lead State’s Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis through the North Carolina Law Enforcement Opioid Task Force

BEAUFORT, NC – Sheriff Asa Buck and District Attorney Scott Thomas are helping shape North Carolina’s response to the opioid epidemic through a statewide task force facilitated by Attorney General Josh Stein. The North Carolina Law Enforcement Opioid Task Force is helping coordinate and support the efforts of local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities to confront the opioid epidemic. The group – which includes representatives from more than 30 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and organizations – meets quarterly and works regularly to address the…

Traffic stop leads to chase, arrest on drug charges

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on NC Hwy. 55 in Reelsboro, on Antonio Dion STILLEY of Oriental, NC. When investigators activated their lights and siren, STILLEY did not stop. During the vehicle pursuit, STILLEY swerved at one of the patrol cars several times, before hitting the patrol car on the passenger side while traveling approximately 70 MPH. After hitting the patrol car, STILLEY hit a second vehicle being operated on Hwy. 55, before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into the ditch. Over the pa…

Pamlico County drug roundup nabs 27 suspects

More being sought, other warrants pending Over the past six months, investigators with The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office have actively pursued those responsible for distributing drugs in Pamlico County. On Feb. 6, Sheriff Chris Davis announced the arrest of 27 individuals in a drug bust code-named “Demonstrated Difference.” Criminal suspects have been arrested and charged during this operation for their role in selling prescription medication, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. There are several criminal suspects at large and we expect additional arrests in the coming week…

Pamlico County drug dealer gets 11-plus years, $100,000 fine

BAYBORO – A drug dealer in Pamlico County has been sentenced to prison for 11 ½ to 15 ½ years. On Tuesday, District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that Gregory Joseph Petronis, 33, of New Bern, has been convicted in Pamlico County Superior Court of several heroin trafficking offenses. Assistant District Attorneys Christy Hawkins and Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the caseS, while Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over the session. Investigators with the Pamlico Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted several underco…

Pamlico County drug dealer gets 11-plus years, $100,000 fine

BAYBORO – A drug dealer in Pamlico County has been sentenced to prison for 11 ½ to 15 ½ years. On Tuesday, District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that Gregory Joseph Petronis, 33, of New Bern, has been convicted in Pamlico County Superior Court of several heroin trafficking offenses. Assistant District Attorneys Christy Hawkins and Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the caseS, while Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over the session. Investigators with the Pamlico Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted several underco…

Prescription opioids now harder to get

By Kari Travis | Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — It’s now much more difficult to get prescription opioids in North Carolina. The STOP Act, which kicked in Jan. 1, limits the number of pills doctors can give patients. State lawmakers — who cited a hike in opioid-related deaths — passed the bill last year. Under the law, House Bill 243, doctors may give patients five days of opioids to treat pain associated with injuries. They also may issue one week of prescription painkillers following a surgery. In both cases, doctors are free to issue refills. “Smarter, safer pres…
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