Grappo found guilty of involuntary manslaughter among drug related charges

Concluding almost two weeks of court proceedings and over two hours of jury deliberations Monday in Onslow County Superior Court, Josh Grappo was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Joseph Allen. Additionally, several drug related charges, such as: sell of fentanyl, deliver fentanyl and possession with intent to sell and deliver fentanyl for his actions on June 23, 2016.  He was also convicted of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, maintain a vehicle for storage of a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess heroin for his actions on July 22, 2016.  He received several consecutive sentences.  All but one were active. 

  • 25 minimum 39 maximum;
  • 19 minimum 32 maximum at the expiration of the previous judgment;
  • 11 minimum 23 maximum at the expiration of the previous judgment;
  • 11 minimum 23 maximum at the expiration of the previous judgment;
  • 11 minimum 23 maximum at the expiration of the previous judgment;
  • 8 minimum 19 maximum at the expiration of the previous judgment – this last sentence to be suspended and the defendant placed on supervised probation for 30 months; his terms of probation include paying crime lab fees and funeral expenses; $4,000 seized from the defendant to be forfeited.

The defendant was represented by Attorney Stuart Popkin. State Prosecutor Chief ADA Mike Maultsby.

Jacksonville man arrested for sex trafficking a minor child


Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Services
717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 989-4055 or (910) 989-4070

RELEASE DATE: 10/23/2018


A Jacksonville man has been arrested on numerous human trafficking charges in Onslow County.

On October 20, 2018 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit, Jacksonville Police Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI conducted a joint investigation after receiving a tip about a runaway juvenile. Through the investigation, it was learned that a minor female was being held against her will and photographed for the purpose of taking part in sexual acts in exchange for money.

Detectives identified the victim’s location and conducted an undercover operation to take her into safety. During the operation, it was learned that Jajci Mechito Johnson II was keeping the victim against her will and forcing her to commit sex acts for money. Johnson, 30-years-old of Derby Run Road, Jacksonville was taken into custody and arrested. His charges include:

Human Trafficking of a Child Victim-Felony
Sexual Servitude of a Child Victim-Felony
Promotion of Prostitution of a Minor for Profit-Felony
(2) Counts Promotion of Prostitution of a Minor-Advanced-Felony

Johnson was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $800,000 secured bond. He was previously dishonorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information can be released at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Parrish at or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018017339 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

***Will update as details become available.


Sneads Ferry’s HOPE has been on the move with Narcan training

Most people find it hard to attend anything inside of a funeral home beyond pre-planning, memorial services or making necessary arrangements in the death of a loved one. It is my belief that every one of us in attendance last night walked away with more life, more hope and more informed whether directly affected by this epidemic we call “Opioid Crisis” or not.

Citizens rallied together inside of Johnson Funeral Home in Richlands, NC last night uniting on becoming educated on the administration of Narcan (Naloxone), the Opiate/Opioid Crisis, signs of overdose and much more. Narcan comes generally in three forms to administer, an injection by self-fill syringe, auto-dispense device or by nasal spray. Administration training was instructed by Community Paramedic Coordinator, Christopher Dudley with EMS.

The gems behind the movement Sneads Ferry’s HOPE, Vanessa Boyles Sapp and Cindi Patane spoke on their own personal family’s losses with their son’s both overdosing just one day apart in 2016. Co-Founder, Cindy Patane said, “In my heart I truly believe that the way to get this epidemic under control is prevention.

Cindi Patane (R) discussing rehab duffle bags for recovery bound people. Courtney Weyer (L) preparing to speak to the audience.

Courtney Weyer, age 27, spoke courageously on her then, 73rd day of sobriety, about her long road of addiction and the struggles within more so the freedom she feels from being free, given another chance thanks to Chris Dudley and Narcan being administered to revive her. Weyer stated during her recovery testimony, “I was just 30 seconds away from not being here.” Her testimony was so transparent and real, she is highly commended for the courage to expose her truth from overdosing twice, nearly losing her son, not having two of her children due to the grips of addiction on her life. A powerful way to save others and help families understand how it is from inside of addiction is speaking out and she certainly did just that.

Now, that is just a glimpse of the information provided yet there certainly was way more between those above-mentioned so far. The biggest factor is there was a lot of information provided that allowed people to become educated on the truth about overdoses, why narcan is provided and how it is funded. There are a lot of societal myths and false information floating around the streets of social media, across outlets comment sections, from mouths of those who spew mere hatred with “Narcan is enabling them,” or “Let the trash take itself out.” Well would you feel that way if it were your 62 year old grandmother who just had a double hip replacement and she figured it might be okay to take two pain pills since she slept through the last dose or even mix them up, creating a misuse/accidental overdose? Would you call grandma a junkie? Would you say, let natural selection take it’s course? Doubtful.

More overdoses come from seniors than middle age and youth. in 2017 wrote, “As the number of fatalities has shot up, the public face of addiction has shifted. In contrast to past drug epidemics, opioids are killing white Americans at double to triple the rates of their black and Hispanic peers. The problem is most acute in rural areas, but transcends socioeconomic class and income level. What’s more, it’s the middle-aged who’ve been hardest hit. Though over­dose death rates have risen for every age group, late-wave Boomers (ages 55 to 64) have seen the most dramatic percentage-point spike­ since 1999. The highest death rate (30.0), meanwhile, belongs to early-wave Xers (ages 45 to 54).” In studies at HarvardX, I learned that the first opioid crisis began in the mid-1800’s in the United States. This was an epidemic of opioid addiction was becoming overexposed to opioids and civil war soldiers becoming addicted to morphine. There were doctors who had patients visiting their offices multiple times a day for morphine injections. The Bayer Corporation introduced heroin as a lower risk of overdose death based on a study done on mice. It is obvious that it was soon discovered that heroin is not less of a risk than morphine. By 1914, the federal government stepped in to pass laws and declining the epidemic of opioid addiction. In the 1970’s began to hit low-income white populations. It wasn’t until 1996 that the next epidemic began. The CDC has been very clear about the cause of our vurrent opiooid addiction and it is the medical community over-prescribing. As the medical community increased prescribing, the incline in overdoses began as well which started in 1990’s. In 1996, Oxycontin was introduced to the market and marketed aggressively to treat common conditions with pain. Even back in the 1990’s many doctors knew that opioids were highly addictive and there should be strong limitations to using them for non-cancer pain related illnesses. It was known they should never have been prescribed for ailments such as low back pain, chronic headaches, fibromyalgia. There were 20,000 educational programs released in the first six years of the release of OxyContin where doctors began to hear the risk of addiction had been overblown and that patients were suffering needlessly. Which brings us to present day.

Are you going to join us to combat with prevention by education or only complain about the problem?