More than 30 charged in drug sweep at NC coast

BOLVIA, N.C. (WECT) — More than 30 people were arrested in Brunswick County over the past two days, in a sweep of suspected drug offenders.

brunswick-county-arrests
CLICK TO VIEW PHOTOS AND CHARGES OF THOSE ARRESTED

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the arrests as part of drug investigations throughout the county

“We went after heroin first and foremost because that is the number one drug we are battling right now,” said Lieutenant Stephen Lanier, head of the Drug Enforcement Division.

The majority of those arrested have been charged with crimes related to possession and intent to sell heroin. But the investigation quickly expanded to other types of drugs, uncovering a large-scale operation that spanned four counties, including Horry County in South Carolina.

“Not everybody here in this investigation, operation was a heroin dealer or involved in the heroin trade but in some form or fashion they were connected,” explained Lanier.

Those arrested range in age from their teens to suspects in their 60s.

“Some people in the older population sell their pills to offset their income,” said Lanier.

As for the younger accused dealers, three too young to vote, Lanier said it’s disheartening to run into suspects that age.

Community complaints and tips prompted several investigations, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

More arrests are expected. Contact the Sheriff’s Office if you see anything unusual.

Sheriff John W. Ingram is encouraging community members to keep the tips coming into the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and encourages others to do the same.

Here’s a list of the names of those arrested and their charges:

Marci Lynn Gardiner, 47
Erin Place, Ocean Isle Beach
Possession heroin
Possession drug paraphernalia

Kenneth Joseph McMillian, 58
Strawberry Way, Shallotte
PWIMSD Heroin
Sell/deliver heroin

Alexander George Karagiannis, 37
Knotts Landing, Bolivia
Felony possession cocaine
Possession drug paraphernalia

Ashton Brooke Edwards, 27
Charles St., Holden Beach
Trafficking opium/heroin
Possession drug paraphernalia

Avery William Huff, 16
Burlington St., Southport
Manufacture marijuana
PWIMSD marijuana
Possession drug paraphernalia

Belinda Faye Moss, 52
Edgewater Dr., Shallotte
PWISD schedule II controlled substance
Sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance

Christian Scott Anderson, 17
Fieldcrest Dr., Southport
PWIMSD marijuana
Sell/deliver marijuana
Possession drug paraphernalia

Crystal Gail Ballard, 33
New Britton Loop Rd., Ash
Possession of heroin
Possession drug paraphernalia

Dalton O’Brian Bessent, Jr., 18
Dare St., Supply
Trafficking opium/heroin
Conspire sell/deliver heroin
Possession drug paraphernalia X 2
Assault on a female
PWIMSD heroin
Possession marijuana

Demond Ca’quan Conyers, 18
Main St., Leland
PWISD marijuana
Sell/deliver marijuana

Donald Wright, 22
Tanner Rd., Shallotte
Felony possession cocaine
Possession marijuana
Possession drug paraphernalia

Ezekiel David Mcknight, 24
Carter St., Shallotte
PWISD cocaine
Sell/deliver cocaine
Possession drug paraphernalia

Jeffrey Brian Sullivan, 29
Canterbury St., Bolivia
PWIMSD cocaine
Sell/Deliver cocaine

Jerry Windham, 23
Lords Branch Rd., Winnabow
Sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance
Possession drug paraphernalia
Possession firearm by felon

Leverne Pelzer , 38 (In custody In New Hanover County)
S. 8th St., Wilmington
PWIMSD heroin X 2
Sell/deliver heroin X 2
Maintain vehicle
Possession drug paraphernalia
Conspiracy

Marvin Joe Bernard, 50
Midway Rd., Boliva
PWISD cocaine X3
Sell/deliver cocaine X 3

Melvin Lavern Mason, Jr., 32
Sunset Harbor Rd., Bolivia
PWIMSD cocaine
Sell/deliver cocaine
Possession drug paraphernalia

Michael Warren Oliver, 35
Blue Water St., Southport
PWIMSD cocaine x 2sell/deliver cocaine x 2, possession drug paraphernalia X 2

Noah Douglas Jackson, 18
Kings Dr., Leland
Conspire sell/deliver heroin

Okey Emmanuel Palmore, II, 32
Mission Hope Rd., Winnabow
PWISD marijuana
Sell/deliver marijuana

Phillip Scott Hewett, 20
Candlewood Court, Bolivia
PWIMSD heroin
Sell/deliver heroin
Possession drug paraphernalia

Rashawn Devon Holden, 26
Old Ocean Hwy, Bolivia
PWISD cocaine
Sell/deliver cocaine
Possession drug paraphernalia

Rica Danielle Brown, 35
Pine Needle Ln., Longwood
PWIMSD cocaine
Sell/deliver cocaine
Possession drug paraphernalia

River Justice Boyd, 17
Waldon Pond Ln., Southport
PWIMSD schedule vi
Sell/deliver schedule vi
PWIMSD marijuana x 2
Sell/deliver x 2
Possession drug paraphernalia x 2

Robert Dennis, 51
Seashore Rd., Supply
PWIMSD schedule II controlled substance
Sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance
Possession drug paraphernalia

Royce Beasley, 44
Civietown Rd., Supply
Felony possession cocaine
Possession drug paraphernalia

Scott Asbury, 18
Fieldcrest Rd., Southport
PWISD marijuana
Sell/deliver marijuana
Possession drug paraphernalia

Wayne Legaughn King, 55
Mulberry Rd., Shallotte
PWISD cocaine
Sell/deliver cocaine

William Franklin Deitz, 42
Charlestown St., Southport
PWISD schedule II controlled substance
Sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance

William Borgeson, 67
Lanvale Rd., Leland
PWISD marijuana
Manufacture marijuana

Willie Deon Swain, 42
Jade Court, Leland
PWISD cocaine
Sell/deliver cocaine

Wilma Lee Batten, 66
Village Rd., Leland
Conspire to sell/deliver opiate/heroin
Conspire to traffic opiate/heroin

Donald Ray Davis, 39
Truesdale Rd., Wilmington
PWISD heroin
Sell/deliver heroin

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s