A man and woman arrested for child abuse and multiple drug charges in Wilmington

A man and woman in Wilmington, NC have been arrested on a series of felony drug charges and misdemeanor child abuse after a month long investigation.

(WILMINGTON, NC –) Wilmington Police Department issued a news release that a man and woman are behind bars this afternoon, following a month long investigation.

These arrests are a result of an executed search warrant by the WPD Special Investigations Division at the 700 block of S. 8th Street.

The investigation began in response to a multiple citizen complaints and Text-a-Tips about drug activity in the area. From the execution of the search warrant, police seized 45 grams of crack cocaine (1.5oz), 10 grams of marijuana and approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine. Police also discovered an infant in the home at the time of the search.

The following individuals were arrested as a result of the investigation:

33-year-old, Peter Ramon Galloway:

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  • Trafficking Cocaine (2 Counts)
  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Sell/Deliver Cocaine (2 Counts)
  • PWISD Cocaine (3 Counts)
  • PWISD Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a Park (3 Counts)
  • Maintaining a Dwelling for the Sale of Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Misdemeanor Child Abuse
  • Possession of Marijuana

Galloway has a long history of felony and misdemeanor convictions prior in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety database dating back to 2002. Prior convictions listed or drug related (possessions), gambling, driving while license revoked, second-degree trespass, possession with intent to sell, speeding to elude arrest, DWI (level III) and the most recent listed is a post release revocation in 2017.

Galloway was incarcerated In North Carolina Department of Public corrections in Craven County Correctional Institution for a 2014 felony conviction, where he served 5-years and 6-months and was released in July of 2018.

31-year-old, Victoria Ashley Morris:

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  • Trafficking Cocaine (2 Counts)
  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • PWISD Cocaine
  • PWISD Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a Park
  • Maintaining a Dwelling for the Sale of Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Misdemeanor Child Abuse
  • Possession of Marijuana

Victoria Ashlee Morris has a prior criminal record in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety database for a felony and misdemeanor charge in 2016 for possession of a schedule II controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon. She was given a 24 month term of probation and a suspended sentence for those past crimes.

Galloway was given a $3 million secured bond and Morris a $1.5 million secured bond.

Holly Ridge Police arrested two Sneads Ferry men for crystal meth during a traffic stop

Brian Richard Pearce, and passenger, Ernie Ray James, were taken into custody and charged on several charges for possession of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia in Holly Ridge on Monday.

(HOLLY RIDGE, NC)- Monday, May 6, 2019,  Holly Ridge Police attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. The vehicle slowed down but failed to stop and pull over and continued driving. The vehicle finally stopped and the officer made contact with the driver. The driver stated that he did not have a valid drivers license and it was later confirmed to be suspended. The driver exited the vehicle and 2 small baggies with drug residue were located on the driver’s seat. A subsequent search of the vehicle produced crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The suspects attempted to destroy the evidence inside the vehicle.

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The driver, Brian Richard Pearce, and passenger, Ernie Ray James, were taken into custody and charged with the following:

Brian R Pearce, 24 years of age, 153 Sea Bird Ln, Sneads Ferry, NC

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  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Manufacture Methamphetamine
  • PWIMSD Methamphetamine
  • Destruction of Evidence
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Failure to Stop for Blue Lights or Siren
  • Driving While License Revoked
  • Speeding 70/55
  • He also had an Order For Arrest for FTA/DWLR

His total bond was $77,000 secured

Ernie R James, 45 years of age, 153 Sea Bird Ln, Sneads Ferry, NC

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  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Manufacture Methamphetamine
  • PWIMSD Methamphetamine
  • Destruction of Evidence
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

His total bond was $35,000 secured

They were both released to the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

 

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.