30 Arrested across Onslow in a drug bust.

The rooster has flown the coop this Monday morning as OCSO issued press release in regards to 30 recent drug related arrests between Sneads Ferry, Jacksonville and Maysville in Operation Iron Rooster.

The rooster has flown the coop this Monday morning as OCSO issued press release in regards to 30 recent drug related arrests between Sneads Ferry, Jacksonville and Maysville in Operation Iron Rooster.

On Friday, October 4, 2019, members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit conducted “Operation Iron Rooster.” This operation was the result of an investigation that began after the Drug Enforcement Unit received numerous complaints from citizens about drugs being sold throughout Onslow County.

 

The operation was conducted in partnership and cooperation with Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and N.C. Department of Probation and Parole conducted after nearly a year-long operation seeking 42 targets, with 30 being arrested at the time of this press release.

Mueller, Peter Joseph, 61 YO, Sneads Ferry Rd., Sneads Ferry: Felony Possession With Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine; Felony Sell Cocaine; Felony Deliver Cocaine

BOND: $15,000 Secured

Edwards, Fredrick Montez III, 34 YO, Grants Creek Rd., Jacksonville: (2) Counts Felony Trafficking Opium or Heroin; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS.

BOND: $50,000 Secured

Massat, Robert Clarence, 53 YO, Kathy St., Sneads Ferry: Felony Sell Cocaine; Felony Deliver cocaine; Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $8,500 Secured

Jackson, Brandon James, 18 YO, Mike Loop Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Marijuana; Felony Sell Marijuana, Felony Deliver Marijuana

BOND: $35,000 Secured

Perkins, Netia Imali, 26 YO, Dartmoor Trl, Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Methamphetamine; Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While License Revoked

BOND: $15,000 Secured

Ambrose, Quincy Lamar, 40 YO, Steeple Chase Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Manufacture Schedule I CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Kellum, Michael James, 35 YO, Willie Kellum Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell Deliver Cocaine; Felony Sell Cocaine; Felony Deliver Cocaine; Felony Manufacture Schedule II CS; Felony Conspire to Sell/Deliver Cocaine; Felony Conspire to Sell Deliver Cocaine; Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND $45,000 Secured

Graham, Quentin Devon Jr, 21 YO, Harbord Dr., Midway Park: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule VI CS; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,000 Secured

Goodson, Randolph Davis III, 22 YO, Jenkins Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Marijuana; Felony Manufacture Marijuana; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia

BOND: $5,000 Secured

Hunter,Alaa Dante McCartha, 28 yo Swamp Junction Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Cocaine; Felony Sell, Deliver Cocaine; Felony Manufacture Cocaine

BOND: $15,500 Secured

Alley, David Cameron, 31 YO, Colonial St., Beaufort: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Heroin Arrested at Craven County Jail

BOND: $5,000

Burroughs, William Ashford, 41 YO, Church Hill St., Pollocksville: Felony Sell Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Bryant, Quentin James, 30 YO, Foy Ave., Maysville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Cocaine; Misdemeanor Possession Marijuana; (2) Counts Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia; Driving While License Revoked

BOND: $6,000 Secured

Carter, Trinity Money Sheryl An, 26 YO, New  River Dr., Jacksonville: (2 Counts) Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS; (2) Counts Felony Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS; (2) Counts Felony Deliver Schedule II CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Williams, Paul Naketa, 42 YO, Seminole Trl., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Sell Deliver Schedule II CS; Felony Deliver Schedule II CS

BOND: $15,000

Bagarella, Christina Lucy, 37 YO, Carver Dr., Jacksonville: Felony Possession of Schedule II CS: Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,500 Secured

Merritt, Steven Ray, 37 YO, Burgaw Hwy. Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Schedule VI CS; Felony Manufacture Marijuana; Felony Sell Schedule VI CS

BOND: $9,000 Secured

Stahl, Ericka Adele, 33 YO, Sandhill Rd., Sneads Ferry: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS: Felony Manufacture Sch I CS; Felony Possession of Sch II CS; (2 Counts) Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $9,500 Secured

Woodson, Melvin Ray, 49 YO,  Justice Rd., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch II CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS; Felony Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling for CS

BOND: $20,000 Secured

Bennett, Marvin Earl, 58 YO, Hwy 172, Sneads Ferry: Felony Sell, Deliver Sch VI CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver SCH VI CS;

BOND: $5,000 Secured

Meadows, Allen Tyshan, 31 YO, Maple Ave., Maysville:  (2) Counts Felony Sell, Deliver Sch II CS; (2) Counts Felony Deliver Sch II CS; (2) Counts Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch II CS

BOND: $40,000 Secured

Gaskin, Timmothy Alfred, 31 YO, River St., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Marijuana; Felony Manufacture Marijuana; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia; Felony Sell Marijuana; Felony Deliver Marijuana

BOND: $10,000 Secured

Smith, James Clifton Keith, 31 YO Clearview Dr., Holly Ridge: Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana; Misdemeanor Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia; Misdemeanor Simple Possession Sch IV CS

BOND: $1,000 Secured

Williams, Michael Joseph, 37 YO Hoffman Forest Rd., Richlands: Felony Possession With Intent to Sell, Deliver Counterfeit CS; Felony Sell or Deliver Counterfeit CS; Misdemeanor Possession Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $4,500 Secured

Johnson, Andre Tavara, 31 YO, Waterfall Dr., Jacksonville:  Felony Possession Sch II CS: Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,500 Secured

Moseman, Marshall Scott, 34 YO, Meadowview Ct., Jacksonville: Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch VI CS; Felony Sell Sch VI CS; Felony Deliver Sch VI CS: Felony Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for CS; Misdemeanor Marijuana Paraphernalia

BOND: $10,000 Secured

Shaffer, Ronald Salvatore, 30 YO, Briar Creek Ln, Jacksonville Felony Possession Stolen Firearm; Felony Possession Methamphetamine; Felony Possess Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $7,500 Secured

McIntosh, Nicholas Alexander, 24 YO, Churchhill Way, Midway Park: Felony Possession Sch I CS; Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS; Felony Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling for CS; Misdemeanor Drug  Paraphernalia

BOND: $9,500 Secured

Schindler,Jason Henry, 43 YO, Bumps Creek Rd., Sneads Ferry: (4) Counts Felony Sell Methamphetamine; Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Sch I CS, Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $15,000 Secured

Scott, Terrance Linkfield, 39 YO, March Ln., Midway Park: (2) Counts Felony Possession With Intent to Manufacture Sch II CS, (6) Counts Sell/Deliver Cocaine

BOND: $45,000 Secured.

The investigation continues and more arrests are anticipated.

This operation displays to the citizens that their complaints do NOT go unnoticed.

 

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.

BUSTED: Sneads Ferry woman hit hard with a number of felony drug charges

Repeat Felon, Carolee Jane Simpson, 28-years-old of Old Folkstone Road, Sneads Ferry, was arrested June 18, 2019 resulting from an investigation by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit known as “Operation Royal Takedown.”

On May 22, 2019 investigators with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit investigated the criminal activity of Aryan Kings Gang members in and around the Sneads Ferry Community of Onslow County. Members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Team 2 executed two traffic stops during this investigation, resulting in the seizure of user quantities of marijuana, heroin, crystal meth and $14,612.00 in US currency. Information developed during the investigation indicated that the source of the suspected narcotics was coming from 1417 Old Folkstone Road. A search warrant was granted to search the premises of 1417 Old Folkstone Road, being the residence of David Craig Milam. During the search of the residence, narcotics investigators located the following items: (3) pistols; (3) rifles:

27.5 grams of heroin; 29.9 grams of crystal methamphetamine; digital scales and glassine bags for re-packaging. One of the pistols was reported stolen from Pender County Licensed Firearms Dealer.

Simpson’s charges include:

  • Felony Trafficking Heroin by Possession
  • Felony Trafficking Heroin by Manufacturing
  • Felony Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession
  • Felony Trafficking Methamphetamine by Manufacturing
  • Felony PWIMSD Heroin
  • Felony PWIMSD Methamphetamine
  • Felony Manufacturing Heroin
  • Felony Manufacturing Methamphetamine
  • Felony Maintaining a Dwelling
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Firearm
  • Felony Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Felony Conspiracy to Traffick Heroin
  • Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia
  • Misdemeanor Possession of Less Than Half-Ounce of Marijuana

Simpson has a number of convictions listed in the NCDPS database.

Simpson was transferred to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $215,000 secured bond.

The following individuals were arrested May 22, 2019 as a result from this investigation: David Craig Milam, Brian Richard Pearce II, Robert Edward Harmer, Anthony David Lynn, Charley Lynn Wiggs.

SEE THAT STORY HERE.

This investigation continues, and more arrests are expected.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019007673 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.

BUSTED: “Operation Royal Taken Down” knocked the Aryan Kings Gang off their throne in Sneads Ferry

Several people have been arrested on felony drug charges after the conclusion of “Operation Royal Taken Down.”

On Wed. May 22, 2019, investigators with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit investigated the criminal activity of Aryan Kings Gang members in and around the Sneads Ferry Community of Onslow County. Members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Team 2 executed two traffic stops during this investigation, resulting in the seizure of user quantities of marijuana, heroin, crystal meth and $14,612.00 in US currency. Information developed during the investigation indicated that the source of the suspected narcotics was coming from 1417 Old Folkstone Road. A search warrant was granted to search the premises of 1417 Old Folkstone Road, being the residence of David Craig Milam. During the search of the residence, narcotics investigators located the following items: (3) pistols; (3) rifles:

27.5 grams of heroin; 29.9 grams of crystal methamphetamine; digital scales and glassine bags for re-packaging. One of the pistols was reported stolen from Pender County Licensed Firearms Dealer.

The following individuals were arrested May 22, 2019 as a result of the investigation:

David Craig Milam, 35-years-old; 1417 Old Folkstone Road, Sneads Ferry CHARGES:

1. (F) Trafficking Heroin by Possession

2. (F) Trafficking Heroin by Manufacturing

3. (F) Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession

4. (F) Trafficking Methamphetamine by Manufacturing

5. (F) PWIMSD Heroin

6. (F) PWIMSD Methamphetamine

7. (F) Manufacturing Heroin

8. (F) Manufacturing Methamphetamine

9. (F) Maintaining a Dwelling

10. (F) Possession of Stolen Firearm

11. (F) Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon

12. (F) Conspiracy to Traffick Heroin

13. (M) Possess Drug Paraphernalia

14. (M) Possession of less than half-ounce of marijuana

BOND: $1,000,000.00 secured

Brian Richard Pearce II, 25-years-old; 406 Winery Rd, Sneads Ferry CHARGES:

1. (F) Possession of methamphetamine

2. (M) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

3. Failure to Appear- Misdemeanor Larceny

BOND: $7,000.00 secured

Robert Edward Harmer,46-years-old; 313 Kenny’s Ave, Holly Ridge CHARGES:

1. (F) Possession of Heroin

2. (M) possession of Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $2,500.00 secured

Anthony David Lynn, 29-years-old; 733 Nine Mile Rd, Jacksonville CHARGES:

Order for Arrest

1. (M) Larceny

2. (M) Conspiracy

BOND: $500.00 secured

Charley Lynn Wiggs, 39-years-old; 1124 Carver Rd, Midway Park CHARGES:

(F) Possession of methamphetamine

(M) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

BOND: $15,000.00 unsecured

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019007673 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.

BUSTED: More heroin, cocaine and marijuana off the streets of Holly Ridge in a multiple agency effort

(HOLLY RIDGE, NC)-

On Wed., May 22, 2019 at approximately 1:30am, in a multi-agency effort, Officers with the Holly Ridge Police Department, Surf City Police Department and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 134 N. Green Street. During the service of the search warrant, officers located heroin, cocaine, marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

The resident of 134 N. Green Street, James Harley Wood, 39 years of age, was arrested and charged with:

• Possession of Heroin

• Possession of Cocaine

• Possession of Marijuana

• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Wood has no prior drug related charges in the NC DPS system. The system shows one misdemeanor larceny from 2016.

He was given a $5,000 secured bond and released to the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

BUSTED: Four people charged and arrested with heroin and paraphernalia in a traffic stop in Holly Ridge

On Tuesday, May 21, 2018 Officer Rodriguez of the Holly Ridge Police Department conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, a search of the vehicle was conducted and drugs and drug paraphernalia were located. The individuals in the vehicle were subsequently arrested and all charged with:

possession of heroin

• possession of drug paraphernalia

Dylan Foster, W/M, 26 years of age, 493 Miller Rd, Beulaville, NC

Marissa Markley, W/F, 22 years of age, 623 Creek Dr, Hampstead, NC

Brian Cosgrove, W/M, 25 years of age, 717 Court St, Jacksonville, NC

Cynthia Leonard, W/F, 29 years of age, 307 Clearview Dr, Holly Ridge, NC

They were each given a $3,000 secured bond and released to the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.

Maple Hill man sentenced to 11-16 years on nine heroin related charges

Wilbur Leon Farrior, 58-years-old, previously of 120 Vinka Street, Maple Hill was arrested by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit on November 2, 2017 and charged with the following criminal offenses:

  • Trafficking Opium/Heroin by Possession
  • Trafficking Opium/Heroin by Manufacturing
  • Trafficking Opium/Heroin by Sale
  • Trafficking Opium/Heroin by Delivery
  • Manufacturing Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Sell Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Delivery Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Felony Maintaining a Dwelling to Sell a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

On April 29, 2019, jury selection began in the trial of Farrior for above listed criminal offenses. On May 2, 2019, the seated jury found Farrior guilty of all (9) counts listed above as outlined in the indictments. Based on Farrior’s previous criminal history, a single count of Habitual Felon was added, in which Farrior entered a guilty plea. Superior Court Judge Phyliss Gorham sentenced Farrior to an active sentence of 140 months to 192 months imprisonment within the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

The criminal investigation was conducted by Det. J. Marshburn, Det. G. De La Rosa, and Sgt. A. Barrera of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit. Assistant District Attorney Seth Sholar prosecuted the criminal offenses for District Attorney Ernie Lee.

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.

A Richlands man wanted for conditions violating his probation was arrested on charges for meth and heroin last week

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Detectives arrested a man who was wanted for violating conditions of his probation.

Matthew Paul Csokasy, 28-years-old of Old Fountain Road in Richlands, was taken into custody March 27, 2019 in the parking lot of Friendly Mart on Hwy 258. Upon the arrest, detectives located approximately (18) grams of crystal meth, (1/2) gram of heroin and a digital scale.

He was taken before a magistrate and given the following charges:

  • (Felony) Possession With the Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine
  • (Felony) Possession Heroin
  • (Felony) Manufacture Methamphetamine by Repackaging
  • (Felony) Conspiracy
  • (Misdemeanor) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • (Felony) Probation Violation Warrant

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

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019004570 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.

OCSO Drug Enforcement Unit lead to another big heroin and marijuana bust last Friday charging two Jacksonville men

Last Friday, March 29, 2019 OCSO issued a press release that two Jacksonville men were arrested on felony drug charges after a joint investigation.

On March 28, 2019 an Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit investigation resulted in seizure of a large quantity of heroin being transported into Onslow County. Drug Enforcement Detectives, with the assistance of Uniformed Patrol, Crime Reduction Team, the NC State Bureau of Investigation, Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. During the stop, a K-9 was deployed who positively alerted to the presence of drugs. The vehicle was searched where (100) grams of heroin and $4,675 in US currency was found.

Robert Wealasby Jones and Dishaunn Marquis Turner were arrested on-scene and a subsequent search warrant of a residence frequented by Jones was searched. During this search, an additional:

(24.6) grams of heroin, (14) grams of cocaine, (56) grams of marijuana, (12) grams of marijuana wax, various drug paraphernalia, along with an additional $25,380 in cash was located and seized.

Jones, 37-years-old of Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville and Turner, 36-years-old of Sherwood Road, Jacksonville were taken before the magistrate and charged with:

  • (Felony) Trafficking Heroin by Possession;
  • (Felony) Trafficking Heroin by Transport;
  • (Felony) Trafficking Heroin by Manufacturing;
  • (Felony) Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Heroin;
  • (Felony) Manufacturing Heroin; (Misdemeanor) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both men were transported to the Onslow County Detention Center and were given a $350,000 secured bond. Additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019004617 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.

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.

DIX Crisis Center is holding on-site interviews and job fair today and tomorrow after last weeks ceremony

This past Friday, a monumental shift of opportunities opened when the DIX Crisis Intervention Center doors opened the 16-bed facility for the public to tour the facility as well as a beautiful ribbon cutting ceremony with many of our local, regional and state leaders present.

 

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Photographs by Bonnie Roman/The Onslow Beat

 

With one in four adults and 10% of children in the US estimated to suffer from a mental health crisis this year. The WHO (World Health Organization) suggests that mental disorders are far more common than common diseases like cancer and heart disease.

A 2013 report from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 9.6M adults have serious mental health illnesses. These major mental health issues include but are not limited to major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), panic disorder, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and borderline personality disorder. A combination of treatment is typically required to help lead citizens to a healthier mental state and lifestyle which may require in-patient treatment whether short-term or long-term. Additionally, mental health treatment plans generally require medication(s), therapy and peer support participation.

The DIX Crisis Intervention Center is an innovative alternative, cultivating a more dynamic care option that eliminates strain on our counties first responders, law enforcement and paramedics overall with the “No Wrong Door” policy. Whereas in the past, those in a mental health crisis would be transported to the nearest Emergency Department for drop-offs and law enforcement would be required to remain with the person until the admission process was completed which could be hours. During those hours, there are fewer officers patrolling the streets and responding to calls of crime and violence. If a person is in need of care and exhibits symptoms of substance abuse and/or mental illness, and is not in an urgent need of medical intervention, First Responders can take them directly to the DIX center and by-pass the lengthy admission process of emergency room care. The average stay is 1-4 days with medication, group therapy and individual services including peer support.

The Onslow Beat reached out to two mothers the county has witnessed fight back against addiction, support mental health and recovery options for both issues and on the ground advocating through an organization known as Sneads Ferry’s H.O.P.E (Heroin.Opiate.Prevention.Education), Mrs. Vanessa Sapp and Mrs. Cindy Patane. Patane was on a cruise and unable to respond for an interview. Sapp and Patane both lost their sons to overdose in 2016.  Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley asked Sapp, “How do you feel about the DIX center opening in our county?” Sapp responded, “Losing Wes continues to be the most difficult experience of my life. Almost immediately, I knew something needed to be done to prevent other parents from such a tragedy. And that is why, along with Cindy Patane, I stood up and spoke out… and three years later, we continue this fight! Our boys did not die in vain, this detox/crisis center is just one of many confirmations. I am so very grateful to all those who joined the fight to make a difference! There is no doubt that this detox/crisis center is needed in our community! Literally, this morning, as the ribbon cutting was underway, I was helping connect a person in need of services outside our county, because there was not a local option. When a person reaches out for help, that person needs help right then and there; not later in the afternoon, not tomorrow… NOW! A crisis center will increase access to treatment for the “now” need! While this is a great first step, 3-7 days only provides a pause and a window of opportunity to make the next connection. We must immediately start working on the next step, long term treatment options, to include both intense outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment. Keep fighting! Together, we can and will save more lives!” -Vanessa Sapp

Sapp has also been vocal about how mental health and substance abuse oftentimes go hand in hand in the past. Her son Wes had begun to struggle with anxiety and insomnia, began treatment for those issues and soon after experimenting with marijuana and abusing the prescription medication began. Vanessa and her husband Jason Sapp are advocates through North Carolina Parents Coalition for C.H.A.N.G.E and you can read more of Wes’s story on the site as well as how to volunteer and obtain support.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health issue, the center is better equipped to address the needs than the emergency room since the focus of the center is solely on the mental health and substance abuse detox and recovery. Mental Health providers are able to better address concerns more quickly, and the basic needs will be attended to in an environment that is conducive to safety and comfort for those suffering a mental health and/or substance abuse crisis.

Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices. Reaching a level that can be formally diagnosed often depends on a reduction in a person’s ability to function as a result of the disorder. For example:

  • Serious mental illness is defined by someone over 18 having (within the past year) a diagnosable mental, behavior, or emotional disorder that causes serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • For people under the age of 18, the term “Serious Emotional Disturbance” refers to a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year, which resulted in functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child’s role or functioning in family, school, or community activities.
  • Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. –SAMHSA

 

DIX Crisis Intervention Center will be conducting open interviews today and tomorrow, Feb. 20th & 21st, 2019 at the Jacksonville, NC facility to fill multiple OPEN positions. There are morning sessions from 9am-12pm and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm on both days, Wednesday and Thursday. They are looking to hire candidates on the spot. You can also fill out applications online and view job descriptions at https://riinternational.com/careers

Positions available:

  • Registered Nurses
  • LPNs
  • Registered Nurse Manager
  • Shift SupervisorsPeer Support Specialists
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • Discharge Coordinator
  • Milieu Specialists

RI Crisis Health Recovery Consultants offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, group life, employee matched 401k, paid holidays, and PTO program. You can reach the human resources department for any questions at phone number: 602-636-4463

 

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.

OCSO One year op busts down 17 in “Operation Nightmare Before Christmas”

NEWS RELEASE

OPERATION “NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS”

On Friday, December 21, 2018, members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit conducted “Operation Nightmare Before Christmas.” This operation was the result of nearly a one-year operation targeting subjects in and around Onslow County that are possessing, using, and distributing narcotics such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and narcotics-based prescription pills.

This operation was conducted with the help of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Camp Lejeune Field Office, North Carolina Adult Probation & Parole Jacksonville Field Office and internal divisions within the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad, Uniform Patrol Division, Crime reduction Team-2, Training Division, and Detective Division.

Operation Nightmare Before Christmas sought (27) targets on a wide variety of criminal charges. During this operation the following results were documented:

(17) targets located and taken into custody

(3) targets located in custody of the North Carolina prison system on unrelated criminal offenses

(1) target unrelated to this operation arrested as a probation absconder

(1) target unrelated to this operation arrested on (5) outstanding felony & misdemeanor charges

The Drug Enforcement Unit opened (4) new criminal investigations, seizing the following;

(4.3) grams of crack cocaine

(6) grams of powder cocaine

(1) Gram of Marijuana

(6.5) dosage units of Xanax pills

(13) dosage units of Alprazolam

(4) dosage units of Hydrocodone pills

(26) grams of heroin

Jacksonville woman charged after accused assault on six year old stepdaughter

Jacksonville, NC woman charged with numerous felonious child abuse and drug charges after strangulation of her minor six-year-old stepdaughter caused serious physical injury.

Onslow Co. Sheriff’s Department has charged a woman based on accusations of strangulation of her minor step-daughter who is only six-years-old. The child has suffered substantial physical injury from the incident of assault, leaving her to spend nine days in the hospital from Nov. 27th until Dec. 5th.img_5493

During the search of the woman post-arrest, deputies found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

This Jacksonville woman has been arrested for felony child abuse as well as a number of drug-related charges. Booth appears to be the spouse of a Marine stationed locally. Booth also has several mentions of protecting women’s rights and has vocalized a stance against domestic violence on social media yet we find it fair to believe a contrary reality with the given investigation and charges brought from that.

On November 27, 2018, detectives with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit received a report of suspected child abuse of a 6-year-old. The child appeared to have significant injuries on the body requiring medical treatment.

On December 5, 2018, Shoshannah Scarlett-Booth was arrested after the investigation revealed she was the perpetrator. Scarlett-Booth, 38-years-old of Sky Blue Lane in Jacksonville was taken before a magistrate and charged with:

  • Felony Intentional Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Injury
  • Felony Assault by Strangulation

Upon search of Scarlett-Booth during the booking process, several illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were located. She was given additional charges of:

  • Felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule IV Controlled Substance
  • (3) Counts Trafficking Opium and/or Heroin-Felony
  • (2) Counts Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance-Felony
  • Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Scarlett-Booth is currently detained in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $132,000 secured bond.

DSS (Department of Social Services) is involved to ensure safety and custody placement of the child based on her needs.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Lawrence at 910-989-4066, daryl_lawrence@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019211 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers a 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.

 

 

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Four busted using drugs in a local Speedway restroom

On Saturday, Nov.24, 2018, at approximately 6:00 am, the clerk at the Speedway called and advised there were people in the restroom using drugs. Officers spoke with the suspects and they found a syringe with residue and blood in the bathroom. Upon a search of the suspects’ vehicle, officers found heroin, opium pills, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana paraphernalia. The 4 individuals were taken into custody, transported to the Onslow County Detention Center and charged with the following:

Tiffany Lynn Burriss W/F 30 from Hampstead
Possession of Marijuana less than 1/2 ounce
Possession Marijuana paraphernalia
PWIMSD SCH II
Trafficking Opium
Possession of Heroin
Drug paraphernalia
$27,000 secured bond

Danielle Victoria Beatty W/F 28 from Hampstead
Possession of Marijuana less than 1/2 ounce
Possession Marijuana paraphernalia
PWIMSD SCH II
Trafficking Opium
Possession of Heroin
Drug paraphernalia
Resist a public officer
$42,000 secured bond

Charles Douglas Reynolds W/M 32 from Sneads Ferry
Possession of Marijuana less than 1/2 ounce
Possession Marijuana paraphernalia
PWIMSD SCH II
Trafficking Opium
Possession of Heroin
Drug paraphernalia
$27,000 secured bond

David Charles Saurusaitis Jr. W/M 25 from Hampstead
Possession of Marijuana less than 1/2 ounce
Possession Marijuana paraphernalia
PWIMSD SCH II
Trafficking Opium
Possession of Heroin
Drug paraphernalia
Resist a public officer
$46,000 secured bond

Triggerman sentenced in 2014 murder of Elmer Hudler today

In July of this year, The Onslow Beat began covering the tragic and senseless murder of Mr. Elmer Hudler, a man well loved by his community and family in  Murder Mayhem Series (Vol 1. No. 2).

On April 21, 2014, Elmer Lee Hudler was shot three times in the head with a .25 cal pistol, in his bed, in his home nearby Dixon High School in the Holly Ridge, NC area bordering Sneads Ferry. His son Josh Hudler hired William Zach Parker to kill his father for $250,000 in life insurance money where there was a deal for Josh to pay William (Zach) a weekly amount of $1,000 into an untraceable account to carry out this deadly plan. Parker was allegedly not aware that the target was Hudler’s father until nearing the scene of the home.

In an official press release from Distict Attorney Ernie Lee today,

Zachary Parker was sentenced today in Onslow Superior Court for his role in the murder of Elmer Hudler, age 60 that occurred on April 21, 2014, in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. Parker pled guilty to the B1 felony of second-degree murder on November 29, 2016, and agreed to testify against Joshua Hudler, the son of Elmer Hudler.

On November 29, 2016, Joshua Hudler was charged with an open count of murder of Elmer Hudler. On October 3, 2018, Joshua Hudler entered a plea guilty in Onslow Superior Court to the B1 felony of second-degree murder of Elmer Hudler and he was sentenced to a minimum of 254 months and a maximum of 317 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction.

On October 23, 2018, Parker was sentenced to a minimum of 300 months and a maximum of 372 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction.
The State was represented by District Attorney Ernie Lee and Chief Assistant District
Attorney Michael Maultsby. Parker was represented by Edward G. Bailey of Jacksonville and William Gerrans of Kinston. The presiding judge was Judge Charles H. Henry of Onslow County.

The evidence showed that on April 21, 2014, Elmer Hudler was found unresponsive in his residence in Sneads Ferry. The autopsy showed that Hudler had been shot three times in the head with a .25 caliber pistol. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office investigated this homicide.

On April 23, 20145, the spouse of Zachary Parker went to the Sheriff’s Office indicating Zachary Parker told her that he was involved in the homicide and that Joshua Hudler agreed to pay him to kill someone. Zachary Parker told her he shot the victim as Joshua Hudler was nearby inside the residence. On April 23, 2018, Zachary Parker was interviewed by the Sheriff’s Office and admitted that Joshua Hudler asked him to kill someone in exchange for money but he did not know who it was. It was not until they arrived at Elmer Hudler’s house that he realized Hudler wanted his father killed for his insurance proceeds. Zachary Parker told law enforcement that Josh threatened to harm him or his family if he did not do it. Zachary Parker admitted to shooting Elmer Hudler. Prior to shooting Hudler, both had used heroin. Zachary Parker said that after the shooting, he used five or six bags of heroin. Joshua Hudler denied to law enforcement his involvement in the homicide.

In order to obtain sufficient evidence against Joshua Hudler, the State made an agreement with Zachary Parker to testify against Joshua Hudler. Zachary Parker entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder with an agreed upon sentence of a minimum of 300 months (25 years) and a maximum of 372 months (31 years) active time. As the shooter, the State advocated that he receive a substantial active sentence. The siblings of Elmer Hudler voiced their support for the guilty pleas of Zachary Parker and Joshua Hudler.

This was a senseless murder based in part on heroin addiction. Elmer Hudler had attempted to help his son with his addiction but Joshua was unable or unwilling to end his addiction. Eventually, Joshua Hudler’s addiction and desire for his father’s insurance proceeds led to the senseless murder of Elmer Hudler. As a result, several families have had to deal with this tragedy and crime.