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As raids continue, arrests mount, with more expected

Last updated: August 15. 2014 5:11PM - 5349 Views
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A sheriff's officer takes a drug suspect into custody earlier this week during the execution of a search warrant and a roundup of those believed involved in undercover operations conducted for the past year.
A sheriff's officer takes a drug suspect into custody earlier this week during the execution of a search warrant and a roundup of those believed involved in undercover operations conducted for the past year.
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Sampson Sheriff Jimmy Thornton calls the county’s drug problem “epidemic” and he points to this week’s simultaneous raids — the culmination of months-long undercover campaigns — and the dozens upon dozens of serious charges that have been leveled as proof of his assessment.


It is raids such as those now ongoing across Sampson that Thornton says help tamp down the problems, sending a strong message to both street and higher level dealers that law enforcement officers will not let up in their fight to keep as many drugs as possible off local streets.


Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley has offered similar assessments, noting that it is the vigilance of the Neighborhood Improvement Team and other officers coupled with the steady stream of information coming in that allows his officers to keep serious drug problems from reaching epidemic proportions.


The two men have stressed the importance of this week’s raids, both in getting suspected drug dealers off the street and in sending a resounding message that officers are out there watching and waiting, ready to make arrests when illegal activity takes place.


In the city, 30 people have been targeted through NIT’s four-month undercover campaign, with some 114 charges expected to be leveled when every person has been rounded up. So far, police have apprehended half of those for which officers held search warrants. Tilley said Friday, the roundup had been successful throughout the week, but he didn’t anticipate large numbers of arrests from here on out.


“We’ll probably be picking them up one or two at the time, from now on,” Tilley said. “Word is out, and some have left town, for now, but we will get them.”


SID officers have rounded up dozens of the 100-plus individuals on their list, all tied up in the county’s year-long undercover operation. Thornton, too, said, with word spreading of the raids and the caravan off officers pulling into driveways, ready to make arrests, had gotten many nervous. The arrests, he said, would continue to come, but likely wouldn’t be in massive numbers as was the norm earlier in the week.


Dozens of drug charges have been leveled this week in the campaign, with a visibly high number of trafficking charges among those leveled.


The county’s SID chief noted that the charges involved nearly every type drug, from heroin and crack cocaine to meth, marijuana and even prescription medications.


Many of the charges also include suspects plying their trade within 1,000 feet of a school or park.


Those taken into custody since Thursday are listed below, along with their charges. No bonds were provided.


• Dwayne Raymond Hahns, 46, 7152 Maxwell Road, Stedman, 4 counts trafficking in heroin; 4 counts trafficking in cocaine; 1 count possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine; simple possession Schedule II controlled substance.


• Robert Duwayne Williams Jr., 29, 309 Park Drive, Roseboro, 2 counts trafficking in cocaine; 2 counts manufacture, sell, deliver and possess a controlled substance within 1,000 of a school; 1 count conspiracy to traffic in cocaine; 1 count sell cocaine; 1 count deliver cocaine; 1 count possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine; 2 counts conspiracy to sell/deliver cocaine.


• Reta Raeven Ramos, 35, 41 Ruby Lane, Clinton, 6 counts trafficking in opium or heroin; 2 counts possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver Schedule III controlled substance; 2 counts dispense medication without a license; 2 counts maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for selling a controlled substance; 2 counts conspiracy to traffic opium/heroin.


• Sherry Starling Hairr, 51, 1036 Mill Creek Road, Roseboro, 1 count sell/deliver Schedule II controlled substance; 1 count maintain dwelling for a controlled substance; 1 count possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance.


• Thomas Wayne Arnold, 31, 361 David Parker Lane, Roseboro, 2 counts sell marijuana, 2 counts deliver marijuana; 2 counts maintain a dwelling for controlled substance; 2 counts possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana.


• Christopher Bryan Draughon, 24, 190 Beulah Road, Clinton, 1 count conspiracy to sell methamphetamine; 1 count conspiracy to deliver meth.


• Stanley Jamel Henry Jr., 25, 2414 Brown Church Road, Clinton, 2 counts deliver cocaine; 1 count sell cocaine; 2 counts possession with intent to sell/deliver/cocaine; 1 count maintain/sell/deliver/possess a controlled substance at a child care center; 2 counts conspiracy to sell/deliver cocaine.


• Dameian Ramon Vann, 30, 635 Clive Jacobs Road, Clinton, 2 counts conspiracy to traffic opium/heroin; 2 counts sell marijuana; 2 counts deliver marijuana; 2 counts possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana; 1 count sell a Schedule II controlled substance; 2 counts deliver Schedule II controlled substance; 2 counts possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, 1 count dispense medication without a license; 1 count maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.


• Tyrone Kirwan Watford, 32, 308 Corinth Church Road, Salemburg, 4 counts sell marijuana; 4 counts deliver marijuana; 2 counts maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; 4 counts possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana.


• Anita Becton, 59, 105 Miracle Lane, Clinton, 1 count sell marijuana; 1 count deliver marijuana; 2 counts maintaining a place for the sell of a controlled substance; 2 counts conspiracy to sell marijuana.


 
 
 
 
 
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