Two more arrested on drug charges

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]
Merritt -
Johnson -

The list of alleged drug offenders in Sampson County continues to grow, as two more have been taken into custody on methamphetamine and marijuana charges, sheriff’s officials announced Monday.

An ongoing campaign by Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division agents has now seen 39 people arrested in the past two weeks. SID 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.

On Sunday, Javaun Jaleel-Delano Johnson, 26, of 520 Margaret St., Clinton, was charged with five counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, four counts of selling marijuana, four counts of delivering marijuana and a single count of maintain a dwelling for the storage and sale of a controlled substance. Additionally, he received two counts each of possession of firearm by felon and two counts of sell/purchase weapon with no permit.

Those drug warrants were reportedly taken out on Sunday. Johnson was taken into custody in the area of Cecil-Odie Road and U.S. 421 South. According to reports, 17 grams of marijuana was seized in the case.

Johnson was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $150,000 secured

He was also served with unrelated outstanding warrants for assault by strangulation, assault on a female and communicating threats, issued on July 13 and July 14. No bond was set on those assault and communicating threats charges.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Johnson was previously convicted in Sampson County of felony breaking and entering, assault by pointing a gun and wanton injury to real property, all in March 2015. His probationary status is inactive.

Leading up to Johnson’s arrest, another drug suspect, Adrian David Merritt, 26, of 3487 Hobbton Hwy., Clinton, was charged with selling methamphetamine, delivering methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine.

Merritt was arrested at his residence and placed under $75,000 secured bond.

Those warrants were issued July 11, the same day arrests began in the SID campaign.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Merritt has been convicted of multiple felony breaking and entering offenses in Sampson County in 2007 and 2010. He received a suspended sentence and probation for his last conviction in 2010. His probationary status was listed as inactive.

Since arrests began two weeks ago, offenses leveled 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.

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 said.



By Chris Berendt

[email protected]

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

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