Arrests made for illicit liquor, pills trafficking


FAYETTEVILLE – Following a 12-month investigation, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested six people Friday in Bladen County on drug trafficking and alcohol violations.

Special agents raided a home at 1966 Tar Heel Ferry Road in White Oak and seized 16.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, $111 in U.S. currency and non-tax paid alcoholic beverages.

In addition, during the year-long investigation, ALE agents seized 202 dosage units of opiates and 24 dosage units of schedule IV, controlled substances, including diazepam and various amounts of illicit liquor.

Arrested were:

— Billy Council, 48, of White Oak, was charged with trafficking opiates (six counts), conspiracy to traffic opiates and possession of drug paraphernalia.

— Ronnie Keith Council, 35, of White Oak, was charged with trafficking opiates (eight counts), conspiracy to traffic opiates (five counts), sell schedule III controlled substances and deliver schedule III controlled substances.

— Larry Council, 41, of White Oak, was charged with trafficking opiates (six counts), and selling schedule II controlled substances.

— Vernon Council, 58, of White Oak, was charged with possess for sale non-tax paid alcoholic beverages.

— Jasper Smith, 46, of Tar Heel was charged with conspiracy to traffic opiates (two counts), trafficking opiates (four counts), maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances purposes, possess with intent to sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substances (two counts) and selling a schedule IV controlled substance (two counts).

— Qwahyme Smith, 18, of White Oak, was charged with possessing with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As a result of the investigation, warrants are outstanding and ALE encourages the following two people to turn themselves in to a local law enforcement agency:

Stevie Tatum, 45, of Elizabethtown, is wanted for conspiracy to traffic opiates (two counts) and trafficking in opiates.

Sandy McMillan, 42, of White Oak, is wanted for selling non-tax paid alcoholic beverages.

Additional charges and arrests are expected.

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