Undercover operation nets 14 warrants


ELIZABETHTOWN — A three-month undercover investigation by narcotics investigators with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in warrants for the arrest of 14 individuals on various drug charges.

According to Sheriff Jim McVicker, the undercover investigation targeted the sale and delivery of prescription pills, cocaine, and marijuana in the county.

“The operation, known as Summertime Shakedown, entailed many hours of surveillance and numerous undercover purchases by agents,” McVicker said.

Eleven of the 14 suspects were arrested last week. Three suspects have not been located but McVicker said their arrests are anticipated in the near future.

“We are committed to making the trade in illegal narcotics as difficult as we can in the county,” said McVicker. “This crime not only hurts those addicted to these drugs, but it hurts their families and the community. We all pay a price for illegal drugs in our county.”

Those arrested were:

— Joseph Paul Butler, 21, of Bladenboro. He has been charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and manufacturing a Schedule II controlled substance. His bond was set at $100,000.

— Ted Roland Smith, 68, of Bladenboro. He has been charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and manufacturing a Schedule II controlled substance. His bond was set at $250,000.

— Halley Starr Riley, 29, of Bladenboro. She has been charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and manufacturing a Schedule II controlled substance. Her bond was unknown.

— Billy Ray Taylor, 40, of Bladenboro. He was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, manufacturing a Schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling. His bond was set at $27,500.

— Morris Bellamy Jr., 22, of Bladenboro. He was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, manufacturing a Schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, selling cocaine, delievering cocaine and manufacturing cocaine. His bond was set at $100,000.

— Jonathan Shaw, 26, of Bladenboro. He was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, selling a Schedule III controlled substance, delivering a Schedule III controlled substance and manufacturing a Schedule III controlled substance. His bond was set at $25,000.

— Tiffany Shaw, 25, of Bladenboro. She was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, selling a Schedule III controlled substance, delivering a Schedule III controlled substance and manufacturing a Schedule III controlled substance. Her bond was set at $25,000.

— Billy Council, 48, of Tar Heel. He was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, selling cocaine, delivering cocaine and manufacturing cocaine. His bond was set at $25,000.

— Jeremy Nathan Richardson, 17, of Bladenboro. He was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, selling marijuana, delivering marijuana and manufacturing marijuana. His bond was set at $7,500.

— Robert Munn, 31, of Bladenboro. He was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and manufacturing a Schedule II controlled substance. His bond was set at $50,000.

— Amy Munn, 31, of Bladenboro. She was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, manufacturing a Schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle. Her bond was set at $500,000.

Not yet arrested are:

— John Weathers Jr., 29, of Bladenboro. He is charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and manufacturing a Schedule II controlled substance.

— Bernadine Armstrong Brady, 57, of Bladenboro. She is charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance, selling a Schedule IV controlled substance, delivering a Schedule IV controlled substance and manufacturing a Schedule IV controlled substance.

— Douglas O’Neill Thaggard, 45, of Fayetteville. He is charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, selling cocaine, delivering cocaine and manufacturing cocaine.

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