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The latest in an ongoing series of significant drug arrests by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office continued Thursday as two more “Double Tap” suspects were served felony charges.

William Travis Pope, 26, of 897 Renfrow Road, Clinton, was charged with selling methamphetamine, delivering methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine. Additionally, Pope was charged with selling a Schedule IV controlled substance and delivering a Schedule IV controlled substance.

According to reports released by the Sheriff’s Office Friday, investigators seized 21 dosage units of Alprazolam (Xanax) and one gram of meth, leading to the five felony counts against Pope.

The warrants against him, issued Aug. 9, were served at the Sampson County Detention Center Thursday. Pope was placed under $24,000 secured bond.

Also served Thursday, on Aug. 9 warrants, was a man from just over the county line.

John Lathan Strickland, 51, of 2172 Page Road, Stedman, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a counterfeit controlled substance and selling/delivering a counterfeit controlled substance.

Strickland was placed under $4,500 secured bond.

Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith confirmed both Strickland and Pope were served warrants taken out as part of Operation Double Tap, which has been ongoing for the past three weeks.

The undercover campaign, which involved a year’s worth of investigative work, culminated in early August with raids throughout the city and county. To date, around two-thirds of those on the campaign’s warrant list have been served, with arrests continuing to come in.

Over 100 individuals with upwards of 300 charges were tapped as part of the undercover campaign.

Reach staff writer Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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