Three more people are facing felony drug charges in connection with a yearlong drug investigation by Sampson County drug agents.
The three arrested Wednesday join the 11 residents charged Tuesday on a slew of felony offenses related to the manufacture, sale and delivery of marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs. The arrests are the culmination of an undercover operation by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division (SID).
On Wednesday, Tyrone Mecell Chevallier, 38, of 303 Weeks St., Clinton, was charged with conspiring to sell cocaine, conspiring to deliver cocaine, three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, two counts of selling cocaine, two counts of delivering cocaine, child abuse (non-assaultive), three counts of maintaining a vehicle for the sale and storage of a controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance.
According to reports, 1.5 grams of “crack cocaine” was seized in the case.
Chevallier was placed $125,000 secured bond.
During Chevallier’s arrest, near the intersection of Stetson and Still streets, Luis Angel Rivera, 25, also received weapons charges.
“Agents came in contact with the individual (Rivera) while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Tyrone Chevallier,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith stated. “The subject attempted to obstruct officers and, during the incident, he was found to be in possession of a firearm.”
Rivera, whose address is listed as 183 Ruby Lane, Clinton, was charged with possession of firearm by felon, possession of stolen firearm, carrying concealed weapon, assault on government official, resisting police officer and felony probation violation. Rivera’s bond was also set at $125,000 secured.
The other two men arrested Wednesday in connection with SID investigation were Gary Tyshon Devon Ashley, 24, of 178 RJ Lane, Clinton, and Brendan Jamal Brunson, 21, of 20 Amic Lane, Clinton.
Ashley was charged with three counts of selling marijuana, three counts of delivering marijuana, three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and one count each of selling cocaine, delivering cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and felony probation violation.
There was 7.8 grams of marijuana and 0.4 gram of cocaine seized in that case, reports state. His bond set at $20,000.
According to reports, Brunson was charged with two counts of selling a Schedule VI controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, selling cocaine, delivering cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. He received $10,000 secured bond for the charges, stemming from the seizure of 1 gram of cocaine and 3.9 grams of marijuana.
Sheriff’s officials have declined to go into detail about the investigation at this point. The 14 people arrested on felony charges have received bonds ranging from $10,000 to $200,000.
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