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-Press Release, U.S. Marshals Service
The U.S. Marshals Service, Eastern District of North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force, in coordination with various federal, state and local partners, wrapped up an operation last week dubbed “310.” This operation combined the expansive resources of the participating agencies with the goal of locating subjects wanted on outstanding warrants and conducting searches of high-risk individuals under the supervision of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Conducted in Vance County September 10 – 11, this operation was the culmination of months of planning and resulted in the arrest of 31 subjects, two of whom are being considered for federal prosecution. 63 charges were cleared and 8 firearms were recovered.
Additionally, officers seized quantities of heroin, marijuana, and cocaine. Searches were attempted at the residences of 99 high-risk probationers or parolees, with 43 searches successfully completed. Participating agencies will continue to investigate information developed during the operation and additional arrests are likely.
Significant arrests included:
• Jaquantray Bullock, 23, of Henderson, charged with Violation of Post-Release Conditions, Possession of a Firearm by Felon, and Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine.
• Dennis Burt, 31, of Oxford, charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Forcible Rape, Statutory Sex Offense with Child by Adult, and Indecent Liberties with a Child.
• Clyde Penny, 27, of Durham, charged with absconding from Parole based on an original offense of Indecent Liberties with a Child and Failure to Report New Address – Sex Offender.
• Tony Mayo, 49, of Henderson, charged with Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Larceny of a Firearm.
“This operation was dedicated to Officer Brandon Mitchell with the Henderson Police Department who was shot approximately eight weeks ago, just doing his job,” said Michael East, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina. “We are committed to the citizens and our law enforcement partners in this area and are working tirelessly to make them safe. I can promise the criminal element in Henderson and Vance County that we are not going to rest and we are not going away. We are going to work continually with all of our partners to address the violent crime in Vance County.”
“My office supports the U.S. Marshals Service’s proactive actions, in conjunction with federal, state and local law enforcement, to locate and secure violent offenders with outstanding criminal warrants,” stated United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. “We are committed to this type of cooperative effort to make Vance and other counties in Eastern North Carolina safe from those who choose to engage in violent or drug trafficking activity, to include attacks on law enforcement officers.”
The agencies that participated included U.S. Marshals Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; District Attorney for the 11th Prosecutorial District of North Carolina; Henderson Police Department; N. C. Department of Public Safety Division of Community Corrections and Special Operations Intelligence Unit; N.C. State Bureau of Investigation; N.C. Information Sharing and Analysis Center; U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina; U.S. Probation Office; and Vance County Sheriff’s Office.