Clinton man, on probation, facing more drug charges

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]
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A Clinton man on probation for a felony drug conviction in May is now facing more charges, the latest suspect to be arrested as part of an ongoing campaign by Sampson County drug agents that has seen 37 people arrested in little more than a week.

Byron Scott Brewer, 22, of 52 Jacob West Lane, Clinton, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, selling cocaine, delivering cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of probation violation. Brewer’s bond was set at $80,000 secured.

He was taken into custody at a residence on Spicy Jane Lane, Autryville.

According to Brewer’s arrest report, there was 1.3 grams of meth seized during his arrest on Thursday. The possession of meth and drug paraphernalia charges are new, while the cocaine charges stem from warrants taken out July 11, the first day arrests were made in an ongoing Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division (SID) probe. Probation violation warrants were issued July 5.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Brewer was previously convicted in Sampson of possessing/distributing a meth precursor in May 2016 and then again in May 2017 of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. He was given a suspended sentence and placed on three years probation, with his probation status currently listed as active.

Brewer’s arrest is the latest in an ongoing effort by the Sheriff’s Office. SID agents made 11 arrests on July 11 that were the culmination of what authorities said was a yearlong undercover operation in Sampson. Arrests have been made on a regular basis since then, with the total standing at 37.

Offenses have included possession, sale and delivery of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription pills, conspiracy to commit drug offenses and maintaining residences and vehicles for the sale and storage of those controlled substances. Bonds have ranged between $10,000 and $200,000.

Specific details on the case have not been disclosed by sheriff’s officials, who continue to make arrests. It is unknown how many individuals may be taken into custody as a result of the probe. More information will be forthcoming in the near future, authorities have said.


By Chris Berendt

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