Drug sting raises Clinton man’s bond

By Sherry Matthews - [email protected]
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Chances of a Clinton man making bond just got a little slimmer with drug charges stemming from a year-long narcotics investigation being leveled against him in the county detention center, his home since February.

Jimmy Rouse, 21, of 503 Tram Road, became the 26th suspect caught in the felony drug sting, which has seen, since last week, 14 individuals taken into custody on one day and another 11 rounded up before week’s end. In addition to one, one other individual, Joseph Locklear, 21, of 115 Don. St., Clinton, was also arrested as part of the year-long operation.

Rouse, being held in the Sampson Detention Center under a $2 million bond, was served with the drug charges over the weekend. Sampson Sheriff’s deputies have now charged him with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, delivery of cocaine and sell of cocaine, all felonies.

Added to his already extensive bond was another $90,000.

Rouse was first arrested on Jan. 5 and charged with shooting into a moving vehicle on Bonnetsville Road. That vehicle was occupied by a family with four young children. In that incident, Rouse faces charges of six counts assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and four counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling/moving vehicle. He was jailed under a $100,000 bond.

Then, on Feb. 7, Rouse, who apparently made bond on the first charges, was apprehended in Greenville and charged with burglary and kidnapping in a Jan. 22 Roseboro home invasion. He was one of three suspects believed involved in the invasion of a Lucas Road residence, where the residents were assaulted. In that incident, Rouse was charged with first degree burglary, possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of first degree kidnapping and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

He was placed under a $2 million bond for those charges. He remains in jail, where he was just served the additional drug offenses.

Officers arrested Locklear at his home over the weekend, charging him with sell of cocaine, delivery of cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, all felonies. He was placed under a $7,000 secured bond.

The weekend arrests brings the total number of individuals taken into custody as part of the year-long investigation to 27, a culmination of an undercover probe by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division.



By Sherry Matthews

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Reach Sherry Matthews at 910-249-4612.

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