Operation Carnivore targets Columbus drug trafficking

Sheriff Jody Greene at the podium during Thursday’s Operation Carnivore news conference. (Deuce Niven, TLT)

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Operation Carnivore, a multi-agency law enforcement effort targeting drug trafficking in several areas of Columbus County including Green Acres, Ten Mile Road, and Dessie Road, resulted in the arrests of 17 people early this week, representatives of those agencies said this morning.

     “Promises made, promises kept,” state Rep. Brenden Jones said during the news conference held in Whiteville. “It is just an awesome day in CC to watch the clean-up taking place.”

     “This is just the beginning,” Sheriff Jody Greene said. “It will not stop here.”

     Federal agencies also pledged to return to the county, soon.

Officers pray before leaving the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office to execute Operation Carnivore warrants early Tuesday. (CCSO photo)

     Three search warrants were executed Tuesday morning, resulting in the seizure of four firearms, three that were stolen, from Ash, Country Boy Outfitters, and near Tabor City.

     Investigators also seized cash, ammunition, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Oxycodone and other prescription pills.

     Columbus County Animal Control seized 17 dogs, some violent, some malnourished, for various reasons.

     Sheriff Jody Greene offered thanks to the law enforcement agencies involved, including US Marshals Service; Bladen County Sheriff’s Office; Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Columbus County Animal Control; Fayetteville Police Department; NC Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau; NC State Bureau of Investigation; NC State Highway Patrol; Pender County Sheriff’s Office; Robeson County Sheriff’s Office; US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

     Greene said he is on a “mission to reduce criminal activity in Columbus County” and encouraged anyone with information on that activity to contact the sheriff’s office.

     Those arrested included:

  • Anthony Brown Jr, 42, of 3030 Mt Olive Road in Loris

T – DWI

F- Probation Violation x 3

F – PWISD Heroin

F – Trafficking in Amphetamine

Secured Bond $150,000.00

 

  • Patrick Wesley Brown Jr, 28, of 5833 Ten Mile Road in Tabor City

F – PWIMSD Heroin x 4

F – PWIMSD Cocaine

F – Sell/Deliver Heroin x  4

F – Sell/Deliver Cocaine

F – Maintn Veh/Dwell/Place CS x 4

Secured Bond $2,025,000.00

 

  • Marquez Cherry, 23, of 704 Nolan Ave in Whiteville is already in custody being held in another facility for CCSO

F – PWISD Cocaine

F – Conspire Sell/Deliver Cocaine

Bond on these additional charges have not been set as of now

Lafayette Treshaun Davis, 21, of 1855 Mill Pond Road in Brunswick

F – Trafficking in Cocaine x 6

Secured Bond $500,000.00

 

  • Pamela Michelle Freeman, 46, of 450 Twin Pines Road in Whiteville

F – Sell/Deliver SCH II CS x 2

F – Sell/Deliver SCH I CS x 2

F – PWIMSD SCH III CS x 2

F – Maintn Veh/Dwell/Place CS x 2

Secured Bond $40,000.00

 

  • Wendella Ilean Freeman, 31, of 249 Pine Circle Drive in Tabor City

FTA on M – Simple Assault from Durham County

Unsecured Bond $50,000.00

Antonio Dewayne Goodman Jr,  27, of 254 Hilburn Road in Whiteville

F – Maintn Veh/Dwell/Place CS

F – Trafficking Opium or Heroin x 3

Secured Bond $1,002,500.00

 

  • Michael Terrill Hemingway, 22, of 97 McDuffie Lane in Chadbourn

F – Maintn Veh/Dwell/Place CS

F – Consp Sell/Deliver SCH III CS

F – Sell/Deliver SCH III CS

F – PWIMSD SCH III CS

Secured Bond $28,000.00

 

  • Travis Donnell Jackson, 25, of 261 Pine Circle Drive in Tabor City was already in custody at CCSO for FTAs. He was served on 09-24-19 in relation to this operation.

F – Sell/Deliver SCH I CS x 2

F – PWIMSD SCH I CS

F – Consp Sell/Deliver Sch I CS

Non-support of Child

Secured Bond $52,370.00

 

  • Christopher Leveren Lewis, 25, of 306 Orange Street in Tabor City

F- PWIMSD SCH III CS x 2

M – Possess Drug Paraphernalia

M – Carrying Concealed Gun

F – Possession of a Stolen Firearm

F – PWIMSD SCH II CS x 3

F – Trafficking Opium or Heroin x 2

Secured Bond $1,022,500.00

 

  • Kelly Jamar McClure, 36, of 97 McDuffie Lane in Chadbourn

F – PWIMSD SCH II CS

F – Sell/Deliver SCH II CS

F – Maintn Veh/Dwell/Place CS x 3

F – PWIMSD SCH III CS x 2

F – Sell/Deliver SCH III CS

F – Consp Sell/Deliver SCH III CS

Secured Bond $50,000.00

 

  • Nicki Prince, 58, of 129 Pine Circle Drive in Tabor City

F – Sell/Deliver Cocaine

F – PWISD Cocaine

Secured Bond $10,000.00

 

  • Khalil Rashawn Soles, 24, of 1967 Mill Pond Road in Brunswick

F – Trafficking Opium or Heroin x 3

F – Sell/Deliver Cocaine x 2

F – PWISD Cocaine x 2

F – Conspire Sell/Deliver Cocaine

Secured Bond $1,030,000.00

 

  • Jeremy Dewayne Stephens, 30, of 1151 Dessie Road in Chadbourn

F – PWISD Cocaine

F – Sell/Deliver Cocaine

F – Maintn Veh/Dwell/Place CS x 2

F – Trafficking Opium or Heroin x 3

Secured Bond $1,012,500.00

 

  • Joshua Vereen, 27, of 224 Ridgeland Acres in Tabor City

F – Maintn Veh/Dwell/Place CS

F – Trafficking Opium or Heroin x 3

F – Sell/Deliver Cocaine x 2

F – PWISD Cocaine x 2

F – Sell/Deliver Heroin

F – PWIMSD Heroin

F – Sell/Deliver Marijuana

F – PWISD Marijuana

F – Possession of Firearm by Felon

Secured Bond – $1,060,000.00

 

  • Quentin Montray Vereen, 21, of 6151 Ten Mile Road in Tabor City

F – Maintn Veh/Dwell/Place CS x 2

F – Trafficking Opium or Heroin x 4

F – Sell/Deliver SCH I CS x 2

F – PWIMSD Heroin x 2

Secured Bond $3,000,000.00

 

  • Deron White, 39, of 1593 Barts Road in Loris, SC

Fugitive Warrant from Horry County, SC for Resisting Arrest

FTA on DWLR not impaired Rev

Secured Bond $76,000.00

     Look for updates on this story here, and the full wrap-up in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.