18 charged as new NC coastal task force cracks down on heroin

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) — The Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force arrested 11 people and charged seven others during a day-long operation Wednesday to combat the spread of heroin along North Carolina’s coastal communities.

The task force, which was announced two weeks ago, is a joint initiative between the FBI’s Wilmington Resident Agency, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the NC State Bureau of Investigation.

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“This task force is going to be aggressive,” said Stanley Meador, the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent of FBI Wilmington. “We are looking at finding those sources of drug supply and determining where are those drugs coming from to get into the Wilmington area.”

Wednesday’s operation targeted one specific community, with the goal of getting heroin and cocaine dealers out.

“The mindset of this operation was to go after a specific neighborhood or area and make a really big statement, a really big community impact that would not only last for a day but would last for days on end after the fact,” said Lieutenant Steve Lanier, with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

Wednesday’s operation targeted the Longwood and Ash communities. Lt. Lanier said they already have plans to target other communities in the future.

“We have plans to hit multiple neighborhoods and areas throughout our community as the drugs move from community to community and the problems arise in each one, we are going to target and address those,” said Lt. Lanier. “This is not the only time, this is the start of very many to come.”

He said a lot of the heroin in the area comes from Horry County so being able to work with the FBI and cross state and county lines was a huge asset during the operation.

“A lot of the individuals we went after [Wednesday] do use the jurisdictional boundering between North Carolina and South Carolina which gives us an added ability to enforce the laws we need to and go after them no matter what side they are on because of having that federal jurisdiction,” said Lt. Lanier. “It was utilized [Wednesday] and it will be utilized in the future as well.”

“It does give the task force a bigger, playground essentially to operate in,” said Meador. “It did allow them to move into different counties to effect these arrests and accomplish the mission.”

The task force took 11 suspects into custody while two subjects already in state custody also were charged. Five suspects are currently fugitives.

Ian Chandler Bellamy-Brown, 21, of Longwood (currently a fugitive)
William Lamont Edward Daniels, 34, of Longwood (currently a fugitive)
Stevie Dewayne Riggins, 31, of Green Sea, SC (currently a fugitive)
Antonia Montuz Smith, 38, of Longwood (currently a fugitive)
Delonne Christopher Watts, 27, of Longwood (currently a fugitive)
Troy Ahkeem Wilson, 37, of Winnabow (federal prisoner)
Bradley Christopher Griffin, Jr. 31, of Longwood (Brunswick Co. Detention Ctr.)
Daphne Claudette Stanley, 42, of Longwood (Brunswick Co. Detention Ctr.)
Patrick Lee Taylor, 34, of Longwood (Brunswick Co. Detention Ctr.)
Michael Jarell Stanley, 28, of Longwood (Brunswick Co. Detention Ctr.)
Jody Overby, 38, of Supply (Brunswick Co. Detention Ctr.)
Sharmaine Ranotta Brown, 29, of Ash (Brunswick Co. Detention Ctr.)
Jodi Riley, 40, of Ash (Brunswick Co. Detention Ctr.)
Hester Griffin, 56, of Longwood (Brunswick Co. Detention Ctr.)
Xavier Antialio Williams, 27, of Calabash (Brunswick Co. Detention Ctr.)
Clifton Jenkins, 28, of Wallace (Duplin Co. Detention Ctr.)
Zachary Herring, 50, of Leland (New Hanover Co. Detention Ctr.)
Israel McCloud-Williamson, 21, of Wilmington (New Hanover Co. Detention Ctr.)

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The task force received assistance from NC State Highway Patrol, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Police Department, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, the Wilmington Police Department, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service during Wednesday’s operation.

Here are the charges and bond amounts for the suspects in the Brunswick County and New Hanover County detention centers, according to the jail websites:

Bradley Griffin Jr. — two counts of selling/delivering cocaine and two counts of selling/delivering heroin ($2 million bond)
Daphne Stanley — possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin and felony possession of a controlled substance ($2,010,000 bond)
Taylor — selling/delivering cocaine ($2 million bond)
Michael Stanley — three counts of selling/delivering cocaine ($2 million bond)
Overby — two counts of possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin ($2 million bond)
Brown — possession with the intent to sell/deliver cocaine and selling/delivering cocaine ($2,010,000 bond)
Riley —  possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin and probation violation ($2,005,000 bond)
Hester Griffin — possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine ($10,000 bond)
Williams — possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine and selling/delivering cocaine ($2 million bond)
Herring — two counts of possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and four counts of trafficking in opium or heroin (no bond)
McCloud-Williamson — possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling/delivering a Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy to sell.deliver a Schedule III controlled substance ($25,000)

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