Drug net drops on 4 more

Sherry Matthews Editor

October 20, 2013

Sampson Criminal Interdiction Team members rounded up four more individuals as part of Operation Candy Crush, issuing warrants charging them with a string of felonies involving everything from the sell of marijuana to meth, mirroring similar arrests that have resulted from the months-long undercover campaign.

Justin Robert Jackson, Ryan Eric Carr, Delonta Alverse Pitts and Holly Hartley became the 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 34th individuals hauled in as part of the Crush campaign, an initiative that Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said was, at least in part, precipitated by complaints and tips called into his office by Sampson residence.

Getting drugs off the streets and stymieing dealers and users was at the heart of the campaign, one of many conducted by county law enforcement officers over the last several years in their attempts to combat a drug problem in Sampson that Thornton has recently called at an epidemic level.

All four of the latest arrests were made nearly a week ago but only reported Friday as the ongoing campaign, where some 40 warrants were issued, kicked into high gear.

Pitts, 20, of 624 Williams St., Clinton, was charged with four counts sell/deliver marijuana; one count possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and one count possession of a controlled substance on prison/jail premises, all felonies. According to reports 15 dosage units of marijuana and another 7.9 grams of the substance were seized. He was jailed under a $60,000 secured bond.

Carr, 28, of 962 Garland Airport Road, Garland, was charged with four felony counts of sell/deliver cocaine. A total 8.8 grams of crack cocaine was seized. He was placed under a $40,000 secured bond and is scheduled to make his first appearance in Sampson County District Court Oct. 25.

Jackson, 32, of 1480 Alex Benton Road, Newton Grove, was charged with two counts sell/deliver marijuana and one count maintaining a vehicle/dwelling or place for a controlled substance, all felonies. A $25,000 bond was leveled against him and an Oct. 25 court date scheduled. Reports note that 11.3 grams of marijuana was seized.

Hartley, 29, of 98 Pridgen Lane, Clinton, was charged with one count each of sell meth and delivering meth. She was jailed under a $25,000 bond and is expected to make her first appearance in Sampson District Court Oct. 25.

Thornton has praised the campaign and the officers who’ve worked tirelessly to round up those individuals charged and stressed that those left out there would be found and arrested soon.

“We’ve put in a lot of man hours, but we’ll continue to do so until we have all these individuals,” the sheriff stressed.