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Mims Charged With Abduction of Children

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit arrested William Richard Mims, a Wake County resident on January 22, 2020. William Richard Mims was charged with the following: one (1) count of Abduction of Children. 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit arrested William Richard Mims, a Wake County resident on January 22, 2020. Mims was charged with the following: one (1) count of Abduction of Children. (FCSO photo)

William Richard Mims is currently being held in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $70,000.00 secured bond. 

This matter remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone should have any additional information pertaining to this investigation, please contact Detective Dean Woody at 919-340-4369. 

William Richard Mims – 51 years of age127 Windsor Drive Wake Forest, NC 27587

FCSO: Pineda Charged With 15 Counts of Exploitation of a Minor

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Tiburcio Marcial Pineda, a Franklin County resident. Tiburcio Marcial Pineda was charged with (15) counts of Third-Degree Exploitation of a Minor. 

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Tiburcio Marcial Pineda, a Franklin County resident. Tiburcio Marcial Pineda was charged with (15) counts of Third-Degree Exploitation of a Minor. (FCSO photo)

Charges stemmed from an extensive investigation conducted by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations Computer Crimes Unit. 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Mr. Pineda’s residence located at 215 Brannon Road, Zebulon. Upon completion of the search warrant, Mr. Pineda was taken into custody at his residence without incident. 

Tiburcio Marcial Pineda is being held in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. 

Tiburcio Marcial Pineda – 36 years old – 215 Brannon Road Zebulon, NC 27597

Two Arrested, 484 Grams of Cocaine Seized in Multi-Agency Drug Investigation

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-Press Release and photos, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

Over the past three months, members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, The Lake Royale Company Police, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, State Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Administration, conducted an undercover investigation into the illegal distribution of cocaine occurring between Benson, NC and Lake Royale, NC. 

Bryon Keith Lee

During this investigation, agents conducted numerous undercover operations and were able to purchase cocaine from Bryon Keith Lee in Franklin County. Agents discovered that Bryon Keith Lee was being supplied cocaine by John Allen Lee Sr. in Benson, NC. 

On December 5, 2019, agents conducted an undercover operation in which 56 grams of cocaine were seized during a traffic stop on Bryon K. Lee and Amber Lee. During the traffic stop, a 5-year old minor was located inside the vehicle.

Agents executed a search warrant at a residence in Benson, NC and at the residence of Bryon and Amber Lee, in the Lake Royale Community of Franklin County. As a result of the search warrants, 347 grams of cocaine, marijuana, an undisclosed amount of US Currency and three firearms were seized. Agents discovered that one of the firearms was reported stolen. 

During this investigation, a total of 484 grams of cocaine, bulk currency, marijuana and three firearms (one stolen) were seized in Franklin and Johnston Counties. 

John Allen Lee Sr.

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, “Anytime we are able to remove this amount of drugs from our community, it is a good day. During this investigation, we were able to coordinate with our local, state and federal partners to ensure that we disrupted this drug activity and its source. I can’t say enough about the professionalism and teamwork displayed by all of the agencies involved.” 

Bryon K. Lee was placed in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $1,880,000 secured bond.

John Allen Lee Sr. was placed in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. 

Charges include: 

Bryon K. Lee – 42 years old – 132 Turon Drive Louisburg, NC 27549

Possess with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine (6 Counts), Sell Cocaine (6 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle for the purpose of Selling Controlled Substance (7 Counts), Trafficking in Cocaine (5 Counts), Sell Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a park.

John Allen Lee Sr. – 62 years old – 313 N. Hall Street Benson, NC 27504

Trafficking in Cocaine (5 Counts), Possession of a Firearm by Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Maintain a Dwelling for the purpose of Selling Controlled Substance. 

This investigation is continuing, and more charges are expected.

If you have information regarding this case or if you would like to report drug activity in your community, please contact Sgt. Ken Pike at (919) 496-2186.

Operation Impact Phase III Results in 19 Arrests, 134 Drug Charges (Pics)

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit has concluded Phase III of Operation Impact. Operation Impact is an ongoing, six-month investigation, involving illegal drug activity in Franklin County.

As a result of Phase III of the investigation, 19 individuals have been arrested and charged with 134 felony drug-related charges. The individuals arrested during this phase of Operation Impact are alleged to have been involved in selling illegal drugs in and around neighborhoods in Bunn and surrounding areas. 

This phase of the investigation was part of a continued and on-going effort by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to identify and investigate illegal drug activity occurring in Franklin County. The individuals arrested during this operation were identified by citizen complaints, law enforcement complaints and other intelligence-driven information received by the Sheriff’s Office. 

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, “Phase III of Operation Impact was a strategic initiative that focused on individuals selling drugs in our neighborhoods throughout the Bunn area. The plan to address drug activity in all of our communities will continue.” 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in Phase III of Operation Impact by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bunn Police Department and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division. 

As of this date, Operation Impact has resulted in 55 total arrests and 311 felony charges. These arrests have occurred throughout Franklin County and more arrests are expected.

The following arrests/charges are the result of Operation Impact Phase III: 

Cynthia Marie Foster – 56 years old – 15 Rogers Drive Bunn, NC 27508

2 counts PWIMSD Cocaine, 2 counts Sell Cocaine, 2 counts Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS, PWISD Cocaine ~ Bond $20,000 secured 

Schyler Don Quarrious Williams – 21 years old – 917 Sledge Road Louisburg, NC 27549

2 counts PWIMSD Cocaine, 2 counts Sell Cocaine, PWIMSD Marijuana ~ Bond $72,000 secured 

Kevin Dunston – 49 years old – 25 Queens Drive Louisburg, NC 27549

Sell Cocaine ~ Bond $5,000 secured 

Jerome Usher Jr. – 34 years old – 1010 Alford Mill Road Bunn, NC 27508

Sell Schedule II CS, PWISD Marijuana, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS ~ Bond $20,000 secured 

William Jamel Andrews 35 years old – 7612 Sunny Slope Street Zebulon, NC 2759

2 counts PWISD Marijuana, 2 counts Sell Marijuana, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS ~ Bond $30,000 secured 

Trevon Alton Knight – 24 years old – 7433 Little River Circle Zebulon, NC 27597

Sell Marijuana, PWIMSD Marijuana, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS ~ Bond $20,000 secured 

David Neshorne Smith – 35 years old – 553 Arnold Road Louisburg, NC 27549

3 counts Sell Cocaine, 3 counts PWIMSD Sch II CS, 2 counts Conspire Sell/Deliver Sch II CS, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS ~ Bond $ 25,000 secured 

Quincy Jamario Bolden – 32 years old – 601 Howard Tant Road Zebulon, NC 27597

2 counts Sell Marijuana, 2 counts PWIMSD Sch VI CS, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess with Intent CS within 1000 ft of School ~ Bond $65,000 secured 

James Otis Dunston 73 years old – 15 Queens Drive Bunn, NC 27508

4 counts Conspire Sell/Deliver Cocaine, Possess CS Prison/Jail Premises, Felony Possession of Cocaine ~ Bond $50,000 secured 

Lola Veronica Jones – 51 years old – 1391 Sykes Road Spring Hope, NC 27882

PWIMSD Cocaine, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS, Sell Cocaine ~ Bond $25,000 unsecured

Joseph Bettis Jr. – 34 years old – 1120 Ridge Haven Drive Wendell, NC 27591

2 counts PWIMSD Cocaine, 2 counts Sell Cocaine, 2 counts Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS 

Jeremy Alexander Hicks – 32 years old – 35 Chickenhouse Drive Louisburg, NC 27549

PWIMSD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS ~ Bond $25,000 secured 

Robert Cequon Fletcher – 62 years old – 121 W. Barbee Street Zebulon, NC 27597

2 counts Trafficking Opium or Heroin, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS, PWIMSD Sch II CS ~ Bond $25,000 secured

Justin Deon Richardson – 29 years old – 69 Dykes Way Louisburg, NC 27549

PWIMSD Heroin, Sell Heroin, 2 counts Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS, PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana, PWISD Cocaine, Sell Cocaine ~ Bond $100,000 secured 

Jo Ann Clemonts – 49 years old – 25 Cambridge Drive Franklinton, NC 27525

3 counts Trafficking Opium or Heroin ~ Bond $100,000 secured 

Andrew Zayquawn Cates – 21 years old – 15 Marless Drive Apt. B Franklinton, NC 27525

PWISD Marijuana, Sell/Deliver Marijuana ~ Bond $30,000 secured 

Rico Dashawn Brooks – 33 years old – 1345 Walter Grissom Road Kittrell, NC 27544

2 counts PWISD Cocaine, 2 counts Sell/Deliver Cocaine, 2 counts Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS, Possession of Firearm by Felon, Possess Stolen Firearm ~ Bond $100,000 secured 

Michael Junior Harris – 39 years old – 5542 Vicksboro Road Henderson, NC 27536

PWIMSD Sch II CS, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS, Sell Cocaine ~ Bond $50,000 secured 

Christopher Quatrell Hodge – 29 years old – 812 Shepard School Road Zebulon, NC 27597

Sell Cocaine, PWIMSD Sch II CS, Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS, Conspire Sell/Deliver Sch II CS ~ Bond $80,000 secured 

If you have information regarding drug activity occurring in your neighborhood, please contact Sgt. Ken Pike at 919-496-2186.

Cynthia Marie Foster

Schyler Don Quarrious Williams

Kevin Dunston

Jerome Usher Jr.

William Jamel Andrews

Trevon Alton Knight

David Neshorne Smith

Quincy Jamario Bolden

James Otis Dunston

Lola Veronica Jones

Joseph Bettis Jr.

Jeremy Alexander Hicks

Robert Cequon Fletcher

Justin Deon Richardson

Jo Ann Clemonts

Andrew Zayquawn Cates

Rico Dashawn Brook

Michael Junior Harris

Christopher Quatrell Hodge

Law Enforcement Partnership Results in Franklin Co. Drug Arrest

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

On November 15, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit executed a search warrant at 114 High Rock Drive Louisburg, NC. As a result of the search warrant, Franklin County resident Daniel Casey Clark was arrested and charged with multiple felony drug offenses.

On November 15, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit executed a search warrant at 114 High Rock Drive Louisburg, NC. As a result of the search warrant, Franklin County resident Daniel Casey Clark was arrested and charged with multiple felony drug offenses. (FCSO photo)

In addition to the arrest of Mr. Clark, Narcotics Detectives seized LSD, Methamphetamines, Psilocybin (Mushrooms) and US Currency during the search.

This investigation into illegal drug activity began as a result of information provided by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit alleging Daniel Casey Clark was involved in illegal drug activity in Franklin and surrounding counties. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit was able to validate the information provided which resulted in the arrest of Mr. Clark.

Daniel Casey Clark was charged with: Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver LSD, Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Psilocybin, Possession with Intent to Manufacture Dimethyltryptamine, Possession of Methamphetamines and Felonious Possession of THC Concentrate.

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, “Partnering and sharing information with our fellow law enforcement agencies continues to be important to our overall strategy of eliminating dangerous drugs from our neighborhoods. We appreciate the assistance of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit with this arrest and search.”

Daniel Casey Clark is currently in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.

Daniel Casey Clark
35 years old
114 High Rock Drive Louisburg, NC 27549

If you have information regarding this case or if you would like to report drug activity in your community, please contact Sgt. Ken Pike at (919) 496-2186.

FCSO: Gutierrez Arrested on Assault With A Deadly Weapon Charge

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

On Friday, November 15, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit arrested Lisandro Gutierrez, a Franklin County resident.

Gutierrez was charged with the following: one (1) count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. 

Gutierrez was placed in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $20,000.00 secured bond.

Lisandro Gutierrez – 21 years old – 130 Coachmans Trail Louisburg, NC 27549 

On Friday, November 15, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit arrested Lisandro Gutierrez, a Franklin County resident. Gutierrez was charged with the following: one (1) count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. (FCSO photo)

FCSO: Citizen Complaints Lead to Drug Arrest of Two Bunn Residents

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested Franklin County resident James Edward Bullock Jr. on October 18, 2019.

Mr. Bullock was arrested at his residence located at 783 Dead Road Bunn, NC. In addition to the arrest, a search warrant was executed at his residence. The search resulted in the seizure of Cocaine, Marijuana, one firearm, one vehicle and US Currency. 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested Franklin County resident James Edward Bullock Jr. on October 18, 2019. In addition to the arrest, a search warrant was executed at his residence. The search resulted in the seizure of Cocaine, Marijuana, one firearm, one vehicle and US Currency. (FCSO photo)

This investigation into illegal drug activity began as a result of citizen complaints alleging Mr. Bullock was involved in selling illegal narcotics throughout Franklin County. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit validated Mr. Bullocks’ illegal activities and began an investigation.

As a result of this investigation, Mr. Bullock was charged with five (5) counts of Possess with Intent to Sell/Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance, (Cocaine), five (5) counts of Selling Cocaine, five (5) counts of Maintaining a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Selling Controlled Substances, one (1) count of Possession of a Firearm by Felon. 

Also arrested during the search was Franklin County resident Dorothy Denise Foster. Ms. Foster was charged with one (1) count of Possess with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine, one (1) count of Maintaining a Vehicle for selling Controlled Substances and Possession of Marijuana. 

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, “We continue to identify and pursue those dealers who distribute these illegal drugs in our communities. These arrests are the direct result of citizens who provided information on the illegal activities of these two individuals. We appreciate this type of information and the partnership we have with our citizens. Working together helps us fulfill our commitment to keep our communities safe.” 

Also arrested during the search was Franklin County resident Dorothy Denise Foster. Foster was charged with one (1) count of Possess with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine, one (1) count of Maintaining a Vehicle for selling Controlled Substances and Possession of Marijuana. (FCSO photo)

James Edward Bullock Jr. was placed under a $300,000 secured bond and is currently in the Franklin County Detention Center, 

James Edward Bullock Jr., 51 years old, 783 Dead Road Bunn, NC 2750

Dorothy Denise Foster was placed under a $20,000 secured bond in the Franklin County Detention Center. 

Dorothy Denise Foster, 50 years old, 60 Scarborough Road Bunn, NC 27508 

If you have information regarding this case or if you would like to report drug activity in your community, please contact Sgt. Ken Pike at (919) 496-2186. 

‘Operation Impact: Phase II’ Ends in 16 Arrests, 88 Drug Charges (Pics)

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit has concluded Phase II of “Operation Impact,” a six-month investigation involving illegal drug activity in Franklin County. This operation focused on illegal drug sales in and around the Louisburg area of Franklin County.

As a result of this investigation, 16 individuals have been arrested and charged with 88 felony drug-related charges. The individuals arrested during this phase of Operation Impact, are alleged to have been involved in selling illegal drugs in and around neighborhoods in the Louisburg area. 

This investigation was part of a continued and on-going effort by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to identify and investigate illegal drug activity occurring in Franklin County. The individuals arrested during this operation were identified by citizen complaints, and other intelligence-driven information received by the Sheriff’s Office. 

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, “Phase II of Operation Impact was conducted as part of our overall strategy to address illegal drug sales in every part of our county. Working with our law enforcement partners has proven to be a valuable resource in combating illegal drug activities within our communities.” 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Louisburg Police Department and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division. 

As a result of “Operation Impact,” 31 individuals have been arrested and charged with 174 felony drug-related charges. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

The following arrests/charges are the result of Operation Impact: Phase II –

Eric Lamont Joyner, 38 years old, 25 Eagle Nest Lane Kittrell, NC 27544 – Possess with Intent to Sell and Deliver Heroin (2 Counts), Sell Heroin (2 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling for Selling Controlled Substances. 

Bond $25,000 secured 

Ashley Suri, 24 years old, 40 Richards Way Zebulon, NC 27597 – Possess with Intent to Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance (2 Counts), Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance (2 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling for Selling Controlled Substances (2 Counts).

Bond $25,000 secured 

Wilbert Stewart Jr., 52 years old, 286 Dupree Drive Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Cocaine (3 Counts), PWIMSD Schedule Il Controlled Substance (3 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance (2 Counts).

Bond $50,000 secured 

Dennis Earl Fennell Jr., 29 years old, 71 Dupree Drive Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Cocaine, PWIMSD Schedule Il Controlled Substance, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess with Intent, Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of School.

Bond $100,000 secured 

Joseph Albert Fowler Jr., 30 years old, 196 Dupree Drive Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWIMSD Cocaine, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance (4 Counts), Sell Cocaine (3 Counts), PWIMSD Sch II Controlled Substance (3 Counts), Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess with Intent Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of School.

Bond $175,000 secured

Ricky Patrick Hill Jr., 23 years old, 265 Otis Burrows Road Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Marijuana (2 Counts), PWIMSD Marijuana (2 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance (2 Counts).

Bond $20,000 secured 

Walter Emanuel Epps, 59 years old, 302 Mineral Springs Rd. Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), PWIMSD Cocaine (2 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance (2 Counts), PWISD Cocaine.

Bond $100,000 secured 

Jess Lee Althiser, 37 years old, 73 Whites Lane Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place for Controlled Substance.

Bond $15,000 secured 

James Franklin Priest, 35 years old, 305 Ridley Street Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWISD Cocaine (2 Counts), Sell Cocaine (2 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place for Controlled Substance (2 Counts).

Bond $25,000 secured 

Reo Perry, 27 years old, 871 Walter Grissom Road Kittrell, NC 27544 – PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place for Controlled Substance, Conspire Sell Marijuana.

Bond $15,000 secured 

Justina Webb, 29 years old, 871 Walter Grissom Road Kittrell, NC 27544 – Deliver Marijuana, PWISD Marijuana.

Bond $15,000 secured 

Justin Lane Williams, 24 years old, 118 Rex Place Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWISD Cocaine, Sell Cocaine, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place for Controlled Substance, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess with Intent Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of School. 

Bond $40,000 secured 

Dequon Seward, 25 years old, 150 Rough Lane Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana.

Bond $10,000 secured 

Antonie Perry, 34 years old, 275 Cripple Creek Road Louisburg, NC 27549 – PWIMSD Cocaine, Sell Cocaine.

Bond $5,000 secured 

Dennis Godwin, 44 years old, 113 Hopi Drive Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Heroin (2 Counts), PWIMSD Heroin (2 Counts), Conspire Sell/Deliver Schedule I Controlled Substance.

Bond $75,000 secured 

Melissa Murphy, 46 years old, 216 MC Wilder Road Louisburg, NC 27549 – Sell Schedule II Controlled Substance (3 Counts), PWIMSD Schedule II Controlled Substance (3 Counts), Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place for Controlled Substance (2 Counts), Trafficking, Opium or Heroin (3 Counts), Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess with Intent Controlled Substance within 1000 ft of School.

Bond $150,000 secured 

If you have information regarding Operation Impact or you would like to report drug activity in your area, please contact Sgt. Ken Pikę at (919) 496-2186. 

Eric Lamont Joyner

Ashley Suri

Wilbert Stewart Jr.

Dennis Earl Fennell Jr

Joseph Albert Fowler Jr.

Ricky Patrick Hill Jr

Walter Emanuel Epps

Jess Lee Althiser

James Franklin Priest

Reo Perry

Justina Webb

Justin Lane Williams

Dequon Seward

Antonie Perry

Dennis Godwin

Melissa Murphy

FCSO: 15 Arrested in Phase One of ‘Operation Impact’ (Pics)

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

Operation Impact 

After a six-month investigation involving illegal drug activity in Franklin County, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit has concluded Phase 1 of “Operation Impact.”

This operation focused on illegal drug activity in and around the Franklinton area of Franklin County. As a result of this investigation, 15 individuals on 86 charges have been arrested for drug-related activities. The individuals arrested during Operation Impact, are alleged to have been involved in selling illegal drugs in and around neighborhoods in the Franklinton area.

This investigation was part of a continued and on-going effort by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to identify, verify and investigate illegal drug activity occurring in Franklin County. The individuals arrested during this operation were identified by citizen complaints, law enforcement complaints and other intelligence-driven information received by the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Kent Winstead stated, “Operation Impact is an effort to identify and arrest anyone who chooses to sell illegal drugs in our communities. Our strategy and our emphasis will continue to be making our communities safer. These arrests will help achieve that goal.” 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Franklinton Police Department and agents with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement. 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

The following arrests/charges are the result of Operation Impact: Phase 1 

Stephon Lavare Perry, 31 years old, 583 Ballard Pruitt Road Franklinton, NC 27525 – PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place C

Bond $15,000 secured

Aaron Lloyd, 23 years old, 64 Mary Day Drive Louisburg, NC 27549 – 2 counts PWIMSD Cocaine, 2 counts Sell Cocaine, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS

Bond $75,000 secured 

Brendan Jerel Cannady, 32 years old, 205 Savage Street Franklinton, NC 27525 – 2 counts Sell Cocaine, 2 counts PWIMSD Cocaine, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS

Bond $100,000 secured

Diquaz Javon Kearney-Crudup, 23 years old, 861 Hicks Road Youngsville, NC 27596 – PWISD Marijuana, Sell Marijuana, 2 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS, Manuf/Sell/Deliver/Poss w/ intent CS w/ in 1000 ft of School, PWIMSD MDA/MDMA

Bond $50,000 secured

Jeffrey Thomas Rinker, 37 years old, 35 Poplar Creek Drive Franklinton, NC 27525 – Conspire to Sell Heroin

Bond $10,000 secured

Jami Lynn Massengill, 36 years old, 4820 Eagleroost Court Wake Forest, NC 27587 – Conspire Sell Heroin, Possess Heroin

Bond $20,000 secured

William Daniel McGhee, 37 years old, 3048 US 1 Hwy/Budget Inn Franklinton, NC 27525 – Conspire Sell Heroin

Bond $30,000 secured

Dwight Leon Garrett, 66 years old, 1307 Gordon Moore Road Franklinton, NC 27525 – PWIMSD Sch 11 CS, Sell Sch II CS, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS

Bond $50,000 secured

Willie Burt Sneed, 60 years old, 807 Mitchell Avenue Franklinton, NC 27525 – 4 counts PWISD Cocaine, 4 counts Sell Cocaine, 4 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell Place CS

Bond $150,000 secured

Deshaun Lamont Williams, 46 years old, 120 Mark Street Franklinton, NC 27525 – 3 counts Sell Cocaine ,3 counts PWIMSD Sch Il CS, 3 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS, Habitual Felon, Trafficking in Cocaine

Bond $500,000 secured

Bennie Lee Crudup, 43 years old, 101 W Green Street Franklinton, NC 27525 – 5 counts Sell Cocaine, 5 counts PWIMSD Cocaine, 3 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS, 4 counts Manuf/Sell/Deliver/Poss w/ intent CS w/ in 1000 ft of School

Bond $250,000 secured

Michael Sills, 51 years old, 8 South Cheatham Street Franklinton, NC 27525 – 2 counts PWISD Cocaine, 2 counts Sell Cocaine, 2 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS ,2 counts Manuf/Sell/Deliver/Poss w/ intent CS w/ in 1000 ft of School, Conspire Sell Cocaine, Habitual Felon

Bond $500,000 secured

Robert Dubois, 29 years old, 113 Old John Mitchell Road Youngsville, NC 27596 – Deliver Cocaine, PWISD Cocaine

Bond $2,000 secured

Renee Morgan, 29 years old, 35 Cambridge Drive Franklinton, NC 27525 –PWISD Cocaine, Sell Cocaine, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS 

Bond $ 60,000 secured

Terrance Vines, 39 years old, 40 Cambridge Drive Franklinton, NC 27525 – 2 counts PWISD Cocaine, 2 counts Sell Cocaine, 2 counts Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS

Bond $100,000 secured

For more information regarding this investigation, or to provide information regarding drug activity in your community, please contact Sergeant Ken Pike at (919) 496-2186. 

Terry M. Wright, Chief of Staff

Michael Sills

Bennie Lee Crudup

Stephon Lavare Perry,

Willie Burt Sneed

William Daniel McGhee

Aaron Lloyd

Diquaz Javon Kearney-Crudup

Jami Lynn Massengill

Deshaun Lamont Williams

Brendan Jerel Cannady

Renee Morgan

Jeffrey Thomas Rinker

Robert Dubois

Dwight Leon Garrett

Terrance Vines

FCSO: Degumba Arrested on Child Sexual Offenses

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-Press Release, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division issued warrants for the arrest of John Edward Degumba, a Johnston County resident.

Charges consisted of the following: one (1) count of Rape of a Child, one (1) count of Sexual Offense with a Child, and one (1) count of Indecent Liberties with a Child. 

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division issued warrants for the arrest of John Edward Degumba. Charges consisted of the following: one (1) count of Rape of a Child, one (1) count of Sexual Offense with a Child, and one (1) count of Indecent Liberties with a Child. (FCSO photo)

Charges were filed after an extensive investigation conducted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklinton Police Department and Benson Police Department. 

Benson Police Department criminally charged John Edward Degumba on Friday, September 13, 2019, with one (1) count of Statutory Sexual Offense with a Child and one (1) count of Indecent Liberties with a Child 

Franklinton Police Department criminally charged John Edward Degumba on Saturday, September 21, 2019, with one (1) count of Sexual Offense with a child and one (1) count of Indecent Liberties with a Child. 

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, John Edward Degumba turned himself in at the Franklin County Magistrate’s Office.

John Edward Degumba was given a total of $450,000.00 secured bond and is currently being held in the Franklin County Detention Center. 

John Edward Degumba, 30 years of age, Benson, NC 27504 

Terry M. Wright, Chief of Staff