Three charged in TC area drug investigation

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Cocaine, Oxycodone, marijuana and weapons were seized as Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Vice-Narcotics Unit detectives and SWAT Team members executed a pair of search warrants east of Tabor City Friday morning and made three arrests.

     “Numerous complaints concerning suspicious activity in the 5700 block of Swamp Fox Highway East” prompted a criminal investigation, a Tuesday news release from Sheriff Jody Greene said.

     Search warrants were executed there, and later in the 4700 block of Wright Road, the focus of other citizen complaints, the news release said.

     Those charged were Henry McKnight Smith, 56 and Theresa Ann Malloy, 53, both of 5776 Swamp Fox Hwy East; and Jeramie Jordan, 30, of 4755 Wright Road.

     Smith was charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance. He was held at the Columbus County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

     Malloy was charged with three felonies, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number. Her bond was set at $10,000 secured.

     Smith was charged with three misdemeanors, possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance, possession of marijuana, an maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance. His bond was set at $2,500 secured.

     “I promised Columbus County citizens that I would be aggressive with drug enforcement,” Sheriff Greene said. “I am keeping that promise. I encourage anyone with knowledge of illegal narcotic activity to contact my office 910-642-6551.

     “For those that choose a drug centered lifestyle, I look forward to meeting you soon.”

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