County law enforcement agents arrested their 27th suspect in Operation Candy Crush late Tuesday afternoon, leveling six more felony drug charges in the ongoing round-up of individuals caught in the six-month long probe.
David Ray Holmes, 23, of 110 Madeline Lane, Autryville was taken into custody at 5 p.m. Tuesday and charged with two counts each of selling marijuana, delivering marijuana and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for the sale of a controlled substance.
He was placed under a $15,000 bond and is scheduled to make his first appearance in Sampson County District Court Oct. 25.
The 23-year-old becomes the latest in a growing string of arrests that have been made over the last week and a half as part of the Crush operation, brought about through citizen tips and complaints.
Over the course of the last eight days, 27 individuals have been arrested, with at least 13 more still to be located. Over 40 warrants were drawn charging residents with a multitude of drug offenses running the gamut from the trafficking of opiates and the sell of meth to the sell and delivery of marijuana and cocaine.
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton has called the drug problem in Sampson epidemic and has praised residents for their willingness to continuously call his department with tips and complaints. It is resident involvement, the sheriff often says, that precipitates the campaigns that serve to take drug dealers and users off the streets.
Candy Crush is just the latest of those operations.