Citizen complaint regarding drug activity leads to major drug arrest

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On Monday, February 18th, 2019, the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug investigation at 1402 Lynch’s Beach Loop Road, Bayboro, NC. Acting on a citizen complaint regarding illegal drug activity at the residence, the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, along with the assistance of North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI) and North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF) Marine Patrol, executed a search warrant at the suspect residence.

Deputies seized cocaine, prescription medication, and marijuana during the search of the home. Additionally, a large sum of bullion and precious metals, thirteen long-guns and rifles, and six handguns were seized by law enforcement.

Johnnie Gray Mercer was arrested as a result of the investigation.


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The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are expected upon receiving NCSBI Crime Lab Analysis results.

Johnnie Gray Mercer, 65, of 1402 Lynch’s Beach Loop Road, Bayboro, NC was charged with the following crimes:
PWIMSD SCHEDULE III
PWIMSD SCHEDULE IV
PWIMSD SCHEDULE VI
FELONY POSSESSION OF COCAINE

Johnnie Gray Mercer was placed in the custody of the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $1,000,000.00 secured bond, and a 2/22/19 court date in District Court of Pamlico County, Bayboro, NC.