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Drugs, guns seized in sheriff’s roundup

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More than two-dozen people face criminal charges after the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office wrapped up a months-long probe with drug and gun arrests.

During the course of Operation Locomotive, officials executed three search warrants, made arrests and seized 21 guns, 7 pounds of marijuana, 37 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of crack cocaine, 200 dosage units of heroin and $17,000 in cash, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

Detectives with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Special Operation Narcotics Unit have been investigating and dismantling illegal narcotics operations within Wilson County for the past eight months, officials said.

“Operation Locomotive was a collaborative effort between the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation,” said Sheriff Calvin Woodard. “Our goal is to make drug dealers aware that they need to discontinue harming people’s lives. They need to find a way to put their life on the right track in order to have a more prosperous life or we will continue our mission full-steam to dismantle their illegal business.”

Woodard said he and his deputies work diligently to remove drugs, guns and gang members from Wilson County communities.

“We will not allow this poison to be sold in our county, and any decision to do so will be met with law enforcement resistance,” Woodard said. “This office, along with our SBI partnership, will not allow this poison to destroy our families, neighborhoods and children. The women and men of this office are committed to ensuring the safety of the citizens, and we will fight for-slash-with our community.”

SEARCH WARRANT RAIDS

• On March 21, officials executed a search warrant at 4113 Juniper Lane in Wilson. Authorities charged Bryson Montreal Taylor with possession of marijuana between one-half and 1 ½ ounces and resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. Deputies also seized a gun from the home, officials said. Taylor was given a $6,000 secured bond.

• On March 20, members of the Special Operations/Narcotics Unit along with the Special Response Team concluded an investigation with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation into what deputies say was the sale of controlled substances at 6232-A William Chapel Church Road outside Elm City.

Authorities charged Kendrick Taiwan Taylor with two counts of selling and delivering cocaine, three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, four counts of maintaining a dwelling for sale/delivery of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the sale/delivery of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the sale/delivery of cocaine, eight counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm with an altered or removed serial number.

Investigators seized a quantity of cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana as well as eight guns and a large sum of cash from the William Chapel Church Road home, according to the press release.

• On March 12, those same officials executed a search warrant at 6301 S. Railroad St. in Sims. Deputies charged Jennifer Selena Leal with four counts of selling and delivering a Schedule VI controlled substance, five counts of maintaining a dwelling for sale and delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Authorities also charged Eustacio Junior Vences Jr. with six counts of selling and delivering a Schedule VI controlled substance, six counts of maintaining a dwelling for sale/delivery of a controlled substance, three counts of maintaining a vehicle for the sale/delivery of a controlled substance, selling and delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of cocaine, according to Samuel.

Leal and Vences each received a $100,000 secured bond. Officials said they seized quantity of marijuana and cocaine from the Railroad Street home.

Other arrests

• Donnie Earl Anderson of Wilson, two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, two counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale/delivery of a controlled substance and an outstanding warrant on an assault on a female charge, $51,500 secured bond.

• Ryan Allen of Wilson, four counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, three counts of sell/deliver cocaine, four counts of maintaining a vehicle for sale/delivery of cocaine, $25,000 secured bond.

• James Vincent Minshew of Lucama, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, three counts of selling heroin, two counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale/delivery of controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for the sale/delivery of a controlled substance, $75,000 secured bond.

• Jonathon Roberson of Wilson, possession of heroin, two counts of selling and delivering heroin, no bond.

• Jordan Craig Stanley of Elm City, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, six counts of larceny of a firearm, larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking and entering, $30,000 secured bond.

• Tabious Denzell Vick of Wilson, possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of up to half-ounce of marijuana, $20,500 secured bond.

• Dustin Shane Viverette of Lucama, larceny of a firearm, obtaining property by false pretense, misdemeanor larceny, simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, $19,000 secured bond.

• Gwendolyn Sherrell Roger of Wilson, selling and delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for the sale/delivery of controlled substance, $10,000 secured bond.

• Holly Nichole Weidner of Lucama, selling heroin, maintaining a vehicle for the sale/delivery of a controlled substance and possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, $10,000 secured bond.

• Jarmon Alston of Wilson, possession of up to half-ounce of marijuana, written promise to appear in court.

• Ryan Thomas Ashley of Nashville, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle for the sale/delivery of a controlled substance, $1,500 unsecured bond.

• Shane Dewitt Bogue of Wilson, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, maintaining a vehicle for the sale/delivery of a controlled substance, $4,000 secured bond.

• Dyrell Warren Carter of Wilson, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, selling and delivering marijuana, $3,000 secured bond.

• Dustin Lee Gooch of Wilson, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm, breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle, $5,000 secured bond.

• Bryan Christopher Hinnant of Lucama, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana, $3,000 secured bond.

• Brandon Jenkins of Wilson, possession of up to half-ounce of marijuana, $1,000 unsecured bond.

• Ebony Nicole Little of Elm City, selling marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the sale/delivery of controlled substance, $1,500 secured bond.

• Taylor McEachern Neal of Rocky Mount, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, $1,500 secured bond.

• Troy Lamont Woodard of Elm City, four counts of selling marijuana and four counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale/delivery of marijuana.

•Thomas Enely Davis of Sims, intimidating a witness, communicating threats, $25,000 secured bond.

• A juvenile was also charged with larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. He was placed in the Pitt Juvenile Detention Center.

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