OCSO Drug Enforcement Unit lead investigation to a Verona man and Sneads Ferry woman’s arrest for heroin, marijuana and cash

In early 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit began an investigation after developing information about a Verona subject that was distributing heroin.

On March 31, 2019 the investigation concluded after a traffic stop was conducted on Thomas Walter Spivey. Spivey resisted arrest after (1) gram of heroin, (5) bindles of heroin, (6.3) grams of marijuana, $1,125 in US currency and assorted drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle. Spivey attempted to drive off but was taken into custody after a short struggle.

The investigation continued with the Drug Enforcement Unit executing a search warrant at the home of Spivey. During the search, narcotics detectives located and seized an additional 17.6 grams of heroin, $73,245 in US currency and various drug paraphernalia. Spivey, 30-years-old of Courie Way in Jacksonville was taken into custody and arrested on numerous charges:

  • Trafficking in Heroin by Possession
  • Trafficking in Heroin by Manufacturing
  • Trafficking in Heroin by Transporting
  • Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Heroin
  • Manufacture Heroin by Re-Packaging
  • Felony Conspiracy
  • Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Alprazolam
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Resist/Obstruct/Delay Law Enforcement Officer

He was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $70,000 secured bond.

Charlie Christina Garten, 29-years-old of Sandhill Road, Sneads Ferry was in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop and was also taken into custody and arrested.

Her charges include:

  • Trafficking in Heroin by Possession
  • Trafficking in Heroin by Manufacturing
  • Trafficking in Heroin by Transporting
  • Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Heroin
  • Felony conspiracy
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Garten was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $65,000 secured bond.

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