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38 charged in Nash-Edgecombe area drug sweep

Suspects include Lucama man, Sharpsburg woman

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NASHVILLE — Dozens of suspects face more than 100 combined charges after a Tar River Regional Task Force special operation. Authorities arrested 38 suspects based on outstanding narcotic-related warrants in a effort dubbed Operation Groundhog. 

Officials say the efforts were a results of the task force's investigative efforts based on Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone's directive to address drug problems in and around Nash County. 

Authorities arrested several suspects in the Wilson County area including the towns of Lucama, Sharpsburg and Bailey. The operation kicked off last week and ended Tuesday. 

Nash County officials said there were at least a dozen more suspects who have active outstanding warrants. 

They said the Tar River Regional Task Force is actively seeking them.

 The operation encompassed Nash and Edgecombe counties. 

Officials said in addition to one pre-planned search conducted in Rocky Mount, there were five other searches as well. Officials seized more than 3 pounds of marijuana, 10.2 grams of crack cocaine and four bindles of heroin as a part of the operation. 

Suspects from The Wilson Times' readership and circulation area are:

  • Thomas Wade Bass, 35, of 310 Pineview St. Lucama, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin and obtaining property by false pretense, $7,500 secured bond
  • Deborah Michaell Jones, 9056 Lisa St., Middlesex, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, misdemeanor maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, written promise to appear in Nash County District Court
  • Carmen Marie Mercer, 37, 12321 Old Smithfield Road, Bailey, trafficking opiates by possession, maintaining a dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, $75,000 secured bond
  • Stephen Troy Richardson, 37, 12321 Old Smithfield Road, Bailey, trafficking opiates by possession, maintaining a dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, $75,000 secured bond
  • Kalid Koron Ocean. 20, 404 Sharpe Road, Sharpsburg, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, selling or delivering heroin, maintaining a dwelling or place for a controlled substance, $20,000 secured bond.

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