Countywide drug sting continues with 42nd arrest

By: By Chris Berendt -

Yet another arrest has been made in an ongoing drug sweep across Sampson County.

The latest suspect, James Curtis Walker, 26, of 41 Golden Eagle Lane, Clinton, was charged with three counts of selling cocaine, three counts of delivering cocaine and three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine.

Walker was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $90,000 bond on Wednesday.

Just a gram of “crack” cocaine was seized in the case, reports note.

He was also charged with felony probation violation, with an additional $20,000 bond tacked on for that offense.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Walker received a suspended sentence and two years probation in July 2016 for selling and delivering a controlled substance on school property and possession of firearm by felon in Sampson County, stemming from 2014 offenses. He also has convictions on his record that include possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, assault on a female and speeding to elude arrest.

His probation status is listed as active.

Walker is the 42nd person to be arrested as part of the ongoing campaign by Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division agents. Little information has been released other than the charges against suspects, some of whom are facing a laundry list of felony offenses.

SID agents made the first wave of arrests on July 11, the culmination of what authorities said was a yearlong undercover operation in the county. More arrests have trickled in since then, with offenses including 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.

Like Walker, a number of suspects taken in during the campaign have previously been convicted in drug cases in Sampson.


By Chris Berendt

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