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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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. Forbes.com 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?