Joint effort leads to numerous arrests on drug charges


W. Curt Vincent - cvincent@civitasmedia.com



A three-month joint investigation between Elizabethtown and Bladenboro police departments resulted in several arrests and numerous drug charges.

According to Elizabethtown Police Chief Kip Hester, the departments worked together to target street level narcotic dealers in the two jurisdictions.

“Both agencies focused on areas of concern, dealing with known narcotic activity, citizen complaints, and an effective community watch program,” Hester said.

Bladenboro investigators focused much of their efforts in the housing authority apartment complexes, while Elizabethtown investigators focused on a car wash located on MLK Drive along with multiple areas in the community.

“During the investigation, 10 suspects were identified and charged with numerous felony narcotic violations,” Hester said.

The arrests included:

— Robert Claude Banner of Bladenboro, arrested Feb. 26. He was charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and two counts of simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. His bond was set at $12,000.

— Kiamani Tawayne Raje Horne of Bladenboro, arrested March 11. He was charged with possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance, and felony possession of cocaine. His bond was set at $37,500.

— Tziah Najee Traeshawn Lesane of Elizabethtown, arrested March 7. He was charged with possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance, sell a Schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture a Schedule VI controlled substance, and two counts of simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance. His bond was set at $10,000.

— Tididous Depaul Singletary of Bladenboro, arrested March 2. He was charged with two counts of felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance, sell a Schedule VI control substance, manufacture marijuana. His bond was set at $30,000.

— Jasmine Rivera of Bladenboro, arrested March 2. She was charged with conspire to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance. Her bond was set at $15,000.

— Michael Lee Green of Elizabethtown, arrested Feb. 26. He was charged with selling cocaine, delivering cocaine, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, and maintaining a vehicle. His bond was set at $7,000.

— Anthony Keith Addison of Elizabethtown, arrested Feb. 24. He was charged with selling cocaine, delivering cocaine and possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine. His bond was set at $5,000.

— Rasheem Jaquan Smith of Elizabethtown, arrested Feb. 26. He was charged with two counts of selling marijuana, two counts of delivering marijuana, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana, two counts of manufacturing marijuana, two counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle. His bond was set at $10,000.

— Christopher Alan McKiver of White Oak, arrested Feb. 22. He was charged with conspiring to sell marijuana and conspiring to deliver marijuana. His bond was set at $25,000.

One individual remains on the loose. Police are searching for Dustin Shane Bryan of Elizabethtown, who will be charged with selling a Schedule II controlled substance and delivering a Schedule II controlled substance.

“Elizabethtown and Bladenboro Police departments receive narcotics complaints on a daily basis, and we hope to continue to work with the communities we serve to ensure our neighborhoods are safe and free from the violence associated with narcotic sales,” Hester said. “If you have any information with regards to illegal narcotics or any other crime, we urge you to contact your local police department so that we can assist.”

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

W. Curt Vincent

cvincent@civitasmedia.com

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