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33 arrested in sheriff’s drug sweep

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Dozens of people face criminal charges after the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office conducted an operation targeting the illegal drug trade.

Detectives with the office’s Special Operations and Narcotics Unit initiated Operation Avalanche this week after nearly eight months of investigations. Those investigations, officials say, have been targeting drug dealers throughout the county.

Deputies seized five guns during the operation as well as more than 6 pounds of marijuana, more than 200 doses of heroin, more than 61 grams of cocaine, more than 80 grams of methamphetamine and nearly $10,000 in cash, according to the sheriff’s office.

The State Bureau of Investigation assisted sheriff’s deputies with the operation, which netted 33 arrests, according to Wanda Samuel, sheriff’s office chief of staff.

She said deputies and SBI agents also executed search warrants at the following locations:

• 107 Martin Luther King Circle in Sharpsburg.

• 5248 U.S. 264 Alternate E. outside Wilson.

• Room 251 at the Days Inn motel on Tarboro Street.

“Operation Avalanche is focused on dismantling high-level drug dealers, fracturing their efforts to distribute this poison amongst our community and bring them to justice,” Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard said in a statement. “The operation was a great collaboration between the N.C. SBI and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office as we continue to investigate illegal drug activity within Wilson County.”

Woodard said the sheriff’s office will continue every effort to ensure that Wilson County residents can enjoy a safe environment, allowing “our children the opportunity to strive for being the best.”

“If the drug dealers do not believe in this philosophy, then they need to rethink their occupation as we bring down their high,” Woodard said.

Sheriff’s officials said there were more than 202 charges issued from the start of the operation to its conclusion on Thursday.

SUSPECTS CHARGED

Those arrested and charged during Wednesday’s drug roundup operation include:

• Briana Marie Barnes, two counts each of selling and delivering heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance, $30,000 secured bond.

• Ervin Amani Hoskin Battle, selling and delivering a Schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, $3,000 secured bond.

• Samuel Finice Best, two counts of selling and delivering cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a sale of controlled substance, $6,000 secured bond.

• Tina Michelle Bryant, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of meth, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance, $5,000 secured bond.

• Timothy Bryan Carter, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, federal custody.

• Carl Edward Culifer, two counts of selling and delivering a Schedule III controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, five counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance, four counts of selling and delivering a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance, two counts of simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, $20,000 secured bond.

• Carlanda Dewice Davis, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, three counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for the sale of controlled substance, two counts of selling and delivering cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, $10,000 secured bond.

• Robert Delisi, two counts of trafficking opium/heroin, $20,000 secured bond.

• Frankie Allan Durham, selling meth, $10,000 secured bond.

• Thomas Ellis, possession of heroin, $1,500 unsecured bond.

• Anthony Evans, two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of controlled substance, $8,000 secured bond.

• Levontae Tiwan Fleming, five counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, five counts of selling and delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, $30,000 secured bond.

• Bryant Collins Gay, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, $5,000 secured bond.

• Da’Quan Dominique Hinton, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, $10,000 secured bond.

• Autumn Theresa Hon, selling or delivering a Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, $4,000 secured bond.

• Clee Arthur McCoy, simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of marijuana, selling and distributing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance, $25,000 secured bond.

• Thomas Darnell Mann, selling and delivering heroin, in state custody, detainer in place.

• Alfred Lavoris Moody, two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, possession of an open container, $25,000 secured bond.

• Jeremy Morgan, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, selling and delivering cocaine, federal custody.

• Wiley Sidney O’Neal, selling and delivering a Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy to sell and deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, $15,000 secured bond.

• Christopher Rodrick Pope, possession of marijuana, $1,000 secured bond.

• Adam Short, possession of cocaine, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, $2,000 unsecured bond.

• Antonio Montrel Snow, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, $10,000 secured bond.

• Tracy Lynn Strickland, three counts of trafficking of opium/heroin, $20,000 secured bond.

• Dione Siemion, possession of heroin, simple possession of a sShedule III controlled substance, $3,000 unsecured bond.

• Jeffery Lamont Smith Jr., possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance, felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, $5,000 secured bond.

• Travis Detaria Sutton, two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance, $4,000 secured bond.

• Clarence Fuller Swaringen III, possession of heroin, maintaining a business for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance, $10,000 secured bond.

• Antonio Duane Wade, selling cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance, $15,000 secured bond.

• George Ross Williams II, selling and delivering a Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy to sell and deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, $7,500 secured bond.

• Brandon Wayne Woodruff, selling meth, simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of meth, maintaining a vehicle for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance, $55,000 secured bond.

• Kali Nicole Woodruff, simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, solicitation of prostitution, in state custody, detainer in place.

COUNTY CHECKPOINTS

Operation Avalanche also included conducting driver’s license checking stations throughout Wilson County on Thursday. Members of various divisions within the sheriff’s office were set up in several zones to ensure traffic safety and “regulatory information of individuals arriving at those checking stations,” officials said. The presence of deputies in those zones was a proactive measure to deter and interdict criminal activity, Woodard said.

“The checking stations provided a proactive measure on combating unlicensed drivers and DWIs,” he added.

Officials said while they were conducting a checking station in the Lucama area, deputies responded to a breaking and entering in progress Little Rock Church Road. The homeowners were inside when officials say 19-year-old Trevor Redmond Woodard of Wilson broke into the home. Woodard fled the scene but was arrested shortly afterward in the vicinity of the home, Samuel said.

Woodard was charged with breaking and entering into a home, causing injury to personal property, resisting arrest and giving fictitious information to an officer.

Here are the results of the checkpoints:

Zone 1: Town Creed Road at Reedy Branch Road

• Driving while license revoked – 4

• Child safety seat violations – 2

• Criminal summonses – 2

Zone 2: Little Rock Church Road at Huckleberry Road

• No operator’s license – 1

• Driving while license revoked – 4

• Fictitious registration – 2

• Expired registration – 2

• Insurance violations - 2

• Driving while impaired – 1

• ABC violation – 1

• Warrant service – 1

Zone 3: N.C. 42 West at Ms. Kelly Road

• No operator’s license – 5

• Driving while license revoked – 5

• Expired registration – 4

• Warrant service – 1

Zone 4: Lake Wilson Road at Tall Oak Court

• No operator’s license – 7

• Driving while license revoked – 8

• Expired registration – 1

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