Crush campaign winding down with arrest of 3 more

Sherry Matthews Editor

October 22, 2013

Three more Sampson residents got entangled in the Sheriff’s Department’s latest drug net, as Operation Candy Crush begins to wind toward closure as the 35th, 36th and 37th individual with warrants against them was taken into custody over the weekend.

The latest charges, as with the 34 prior arrests, run the gamut of drug offenses, a clear example Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton has said of the wide-spread problems that have reached epidemic levels.

Those jailed over the weekend were Mickey Ray Yarboro, Daniel Antonio Wright and Kevin Faircloth.

Yarboro, 41, of 4361 Plain View Highway, Dunn, was charged with 2 counts sell of methamphetamine and two counts deliver meth, all felonies. He was jailed under a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to make his first appearance in Sampson District Court Oct. 30.

Wright, 26, of 5390 Reedsford Road, Clinton, was placed under a $75,000 bond, charged with three counts trafficking opium and one other non-specific drug violation. All four offenses were labeled as felonies. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Oct. 25.

Fairlcoth, 33, of 100 Garden Spot Lane, Autryville, is charged with one felony count each of sell of methamphetamine and deliver meth. He was jailed under a $30,000 secured bond and an Oct. 25 court date was scheduled.

Operation Candy Crush is a six-month long undercover operation precipitated by complaints and tips from Sampson County residents. Over 40 warrants were issued as the result of the campaign, and officers have been working for the past three weeks to round up those involved.