Task force probe nets 15th suspect

By Chris Berendt - cberendt@civitasmedia.com


A multi-agency campaign targeting drug trafficking in Sampson County now has its 15th suspect in custody.

Ryan Eric Carr, 32, of 26 River Ridge Lane, Ivanhoe, was charged with conspiring to traffic in cocaine, a felony offense. Carr turned himself in to investigators at the magistrate’s office and was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond.

Carr’s arrest is the latest in a yearlong multi-agency operation that focused on “a violent multi-defendant drug trafficking organization.” Last week, five Sampson residents were taken into custody on allegations of federal narcotics conspiracy, and nine others were arrested on a slew of felony charges.

A federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) criminal matter, the case was investigated by several county, state and federal agencies. The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced the results of the investigation last week.

“Over 100 federal, state and local officers were involved in the culmination of this task force’s work,” Sampson Sheriff Jimmy Thornton stated. During the probe, law enforcement was able to seize over 11 pounds of cocaine and purchase several firearms.

The nine arrests announced at the end of last week included 75 charges, one man receiving 47 of those charges. Most of those arrested are from southern Sampson County, specifically the Garland area.

The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division, Jacksonville Police Department, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Probation Office, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the N.C. Department of Revenue and Sampson County Emergency Services were also part of the task force.


By Chris Berendt


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