Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Executes a Three Drug Search Warrant Blitz in Thirty-Hours

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On Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, and at the culmination of a multi-month drug investigation, the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants at different locations in Pamlico County.

To begin, in 2018 the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office began receiving complaints from concerned citizens regarding the distribution of Heroin and other illicit, controlled substances at the residence of: Martha Bond Phillips, 1236 NC Hwy 306 North, Grantsboro, NC 28529. The Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation, which resulted in law enforcement identifying numerous individuals resorting to the residence to purchase drugs. The men and women of the Pamlico Sheriff’s Office served the warrant at approximately two-thirty, Saturday afternoon. Law enforcement seized Heroin packaged for sale, marijuana, and digital scales.

Martha Bond Phillips

Martha Bond Phillips was arrested and charged with:


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Felony Maintaining a Dwelling Place for the Purpose of Controlled Substances
Felony Maintaining a Vehicle for the Purpose of Controlled Substances
Felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell, and Deliver Heroin
Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana
Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana Drug Paraphernalia

Martha Bond Phillips, who was on North Carolina supervised probation, and was originally remanded to the custody of the Pamlico County Detention Center under a half-million-dollar bond; now awaits a parole hearing Friday under a no-bond-order.


Next, the Sheriff’s Office wrapped up an eleven-month drug investigation at the home of Ronald Lorenzo Grimes and Leona Swain at 6056 NC Hwy 306 South, Grantsboro, NC 28529 when they executed a search warrant on the residence. Law enforcement executed the warrant to search at approximately eleven o’clock, Saturday night. Law enforcement seized a handgun, ammunition,
controlled, prescription medication, and a digital scale.

Ronald Lorenzo Grimes

 

Ronald Grimes, who is a previously convicted felon, is facing the following charges:

Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Ronald Grimes is being held under a $500,000.00 secured bond and is scheduled for a First Appearance on 3/1/2019 in District Court of Pamlico, Bayboro.


Leona Johnson Swain

Maranda Johnson

Also, at the residence and arrested at the time of the raid were, Leona Johnson Swain and Maranda Johnson . Leona Swain faces the following charges:

Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Maranda Johnson was charged with:

Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance
Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Both Swain and Johnson were remanded to the custody of the Pamlico County Detention Center, held under a $3000.00 secured bond- all three have a 3/1/2019 court date in District Court of Pamlico, Bayboro.


Edward William Ryan, Jr

Crystal Hughes

Wrapping up the blitz, Sheriff’s Office personnel executed a search warrant at the residence of Edward William Ryan, Jr. and Crystal Hughes at 554 Halls Creek Road Extension, New Bern, NC 28650 on Monday, 2/25/2019. Deputies obtained arrest warrants on Ryan and Hughes and a warrant to search their home after Ryan sold cocaine to undercover law enforcement. As a result of the search, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized by law enforcement. Hughes was arrested on driving charges and was released on a written promise to appear in court.

Ryan was arrested and is facing the following charges:

Felony Possession with the Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine
Driving While License Revoked

Ryan was jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond and was given a 3/1/2019 First Appearance in District Court of Pamlico County, Bayboro.

These cases are a part of an on-going criminal investigation, and additional charges and arrests are anticipated.

The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office would like to emphasize, no area in the United States is exempt from the opioid epidemic, and our county is no different. However, the public should be confident Sheriff Chris Davis and the men and women of the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office remain steadfastly committed to working with all branches of government to reduce the availability of illicit drugs, prevent deaths from overdoses, treat citizens with addictions, and most importantly, prevent people from starting to use drugs in the first place.