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Nash drug roundup nets 32 suspects

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From left to right, top to bottom are Operation Silent Night suspects Montrell Cooper, Frank Cooley, Tawanna Bullock, Paula Poland, Michael Beckmann, Krystel Crandell, Christopher Dunn and Leroy Joyner Jr.
From left to right, top to bottom are Operation Silent Night suspects Montrell Cooper, Frank Cooley, Tawanna Bullock, Paula Poland, Michael Beckmann, Krystel Crandell, Christopher Dunn and Leroy Joyner Jr.
All photos courtesy of Nash County Sheriff's Office
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NASHVILLE — Authorities raided a home and fanned out across Nash County at dawn Wednesday, charging 32 suspects following a six-month investigation into the local drug trade.

Nash County sheriff's deputies and members of the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force served nearly three-dozen arrest warrants during Operation Silent Night. Sheriff's Capt. Eddie Moore said the investigation and roundup targeted street-level drug dealers.

"Coordinated efforts between agencies like those that make up the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force are vital to combatting the drug issue in our neighborhoods," Sheriff Keith Stone said in a news release announcing the arrests. "We will continue to partner together and tackle these issues as a team."

Officers executed a search warrant at a home on Mount Zion Church Road south of Momeyer and seized a semi-automatic rifle, a 9mm handgun, 2.1 grams of marijuana and $9,435 in cash. Evidence photographs show thick wads of bills bound with rubber bands in a portable safe.

The task force developed 52 suspects during its half-year drug probe. Warrants had been served on all but 20 as of Thursday.

"The remaining suspects are still at large and we will continue efforts to locate those individuals," Moore said in the release.

Five defendants were already behind bars on unrelated charges. Bond amounts ranged from $140,000 for a man facing seven charges to four suspects with low-level charges who were released on written promises to appear in court.

The task force includes officers from the Wilson, Rocky Mount, Nashville, Spring Hope and Tarboro police departments and the Nash County and Edgecombe County sheriff's offices along with state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Those charged in Operation Silent Night include:

  • James Aycock, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphermalia, $1.500 secured bond
  • Philip Adcock, conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin, incarcerated on unrelated charges
  • Terrell Battle, conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin, incarcerated on unrelated charges
  • Michael Beckmann, felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, $10,000 secured bond
  • Devonte Bell, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, selling or delivering heroin, conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, $20,000 secured bond
  • Tawanna Bullock, selling or delivering heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin and conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin, $10,000 secured bond
  • Jason Carpenter, two counts each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and selling or delivering heroin and one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, $40,000 secured bond
  • Frank Cooley, trafficking opiates by possession, trafficking opiates by transportation and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, $50,000 secured bond
  • Montrell Cooper, three counts each of selling or delivering cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and one count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substances, $140,000 secured bond
  • Justin Chavirs, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and selling or delivering heroin, $20,000 secured bond
  • Courtney Craddock, simple possession of marijuana, released on written promise to appear
  • Krystel Crandell, selling or delivering heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin, $20,000 secured bond
  • Tamarte Cranall, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, incarcerated on unrelated charges
  • Christopher Dunn, conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin, $10,000 secured bond
  • Corey Harrison, selling or delivering cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, incarcerated on unrelated charges
  • Kamiya Hart, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and conspiracy to sell or deliver marijuana, $15,000 secured bond
  • Chris House, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, $20,000 secured bond
  • Leroy Joyner Jr., possession of marijuana and misdemeanor maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, released on written promise to appear
  • Michael Kinsey, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, $20,000 secured bond
  • Darrell Mitchell, selling or delivering heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and two counts of maintaining a dwelling, vehicle or place for a controlled substance, $50,000 secured bond
  • Maurice Mitchell, three counts each of selling or delivering cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, $40,000 secured bond
  • Norman Radford, simple possession of marijuana and misdemeanor maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, released on written promise to appear
  • Paula Poland, selling or delivering heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, $20,000 secured bond
  • James Robertson, possession of heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, incarcerated on unrelated charges
  • Laterice Ruffin, three counts each of selling or delivering heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, $75,000 secured bond
  • Stephone Sears, two counts each of selling or delivering cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, $52,000 secured bond.
  • Travis Somerville, three counts each of selling or delivering marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, $15,000 secured bond
  • Trey Taylor, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, $5,000 secured bond
  • Kevin Tyree, two counts each of selling or delivering heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, $50,000 secured bond
  • Tristan West, selling or delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, $20,000 secured bond
  • Eric Williams, possession of drug paraphernalia, released on written promise to appear
  • Quintavis Wilkins, trafficking heroin by sale, trafficking heroin by possession and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, $50,000 secured bond

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