More than a year after a huge operation culminated with waves of arrests and hundreds of serious charges against dozens upon dozens of suspected drug dealers, the last warrants in connection with the Sampson County Sheriff’s “Operation Double Tap” have been served, authorities said.
Michael Alleyne Bradshaw, 34, of East Payne Street, Lot 6, Roseboro, was charged with two counts of conspiring to sell and deliver marijuana, three counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.
Bradshaw was taken into custody by Duplin County Sheriff’s authorities and subsequently turned over to Sampson Sheriff’s deputies on N.C. 24 at the Sampson-Duplin line, near Warsaw. He was booked in the Sampson County Detention late Friday.
The charges against Bradshaw stem from warrants issued a year earlier, on Aug. 10, 2014. He was one of numerous suspects linked to drug activity in Sampson County as part of the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division’s year-long campaign.
“The suspect was entered wanted on warrants that were taken out during Operation Double Tap in 2014 by SID agents,” Lt. Marcus Smith said Monday. “He was the last person to be served under this operation.”
That operation was a year-long one by the Sampson Sheriff’s Department that culminated last summer with waves of arrests in Sampson County. Charges ran the gamut — from trafficking in heroin, marijuana and cocaine to selling and delivering those controlled substances — with nearly all charges served being felony counts.
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said Operation Double Tap aimed to bring in higher-level dealers and said countless hours by his drug agents, beginning with undercover buys in 2013, were able to accomplish just that.He also has credited the community with the success of the campaign
“Those people calling, that’s what prompted this campaign and the actions that have taken place,” the sheriff said last year. “Without those calls, we wouldn’t have any idea what these people were doing and where many times.”
Bradshaw’s bond was set at $150,000 secured. He was given a court date of Aug. 28.
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