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12 arrested during unannounced searches in Nash, Edgecombe counties

Posted April 14, 2014

— North Carolina Department of Public Safety officers conducted unannounced searches at the homes of 20 people on probation, parole or post-release supervision in Nash and Edgecombe counties on April 10.

Officers arrested 12 people, including a probation absconder, and seized weapons, drugs and drug paraphernalia.

“These type of operations show offenders that we are serious about enforcing the terms of probation and parole supervision,” W. David Guice, commissioner of adult correction and juvenile justice, said in a statement. “We will not tolerate those who continue to possess drugs and weapons and engage in gang activity while on probation or parole.”

The following people were arrested, according to authorities:

  • Yolanda Jordan, had a marijuana roach and drug paraphernalia and was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor probation violation
  • Kortate Wilkins had drug paraphernalia and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Francis Evans had 4.5 grams of marijuana, six bags, $18 in cash and baggies and was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver (marijuana), maintaining a dwelling, simple possession and felony probation violation
  • Kenneth Williams had a .22-caliber revolver, marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell and deliver and misdemeanor probation violation
  • Carlos Dunn had three baggies with marijuana resin and was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor probation violation
  • Thomas Bellamy and Michael Vick had 28 bags of marijuana, sandwich bags, a utility knife and loose seeds and were charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling and simple possession, as well as a felony probation violation for Bellamy and a misdemeanor probation violation for Vick
  • Lazenevon Bastien had drug paraphernalia and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Marquavian Mosley had a marijuana grinder and baggies and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Eric Kokoruda had three 12-gauge shotgun shells, one 44 magnum bullet, and a switchblade knife with brass knuckles and was charged with felony probation violation
  • Marquez Forte had a .38-caliber revolver and was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and felony probation violation
  • Tory Parker was a probation absconder and was captured

The warrantless search operation was conducted by NCDPS officers, including probation/parole officers from Nash and Edgecombe counties, probation/parole officers assigned to U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Forces and an FBI task force.

State K-9 units from the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice participated, along with officers from the Rocky Mount Police Department gang unit.

The effort was organized by the Security Services section of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, which handles security management across prisons, probation, parole, juvenile facilities and juvenile supervision.

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  • dwr1964 Apr 14, 2014

    So the esteemed RMPD worked for 8 months on this investigation, with a cost of more than $200,000, and they are boasting about this. Patting them selves on the backs. But what did they actually get? The total of all these charges will be no more than 5 years for everyone included. If they are lucky, $25,000 will be recovered in fines. Many of these charges will be dropped before their court cases ever go to the judge. Who remembers back about 8-10 months back when RMPD announced their big "sweep" in Rocky Mount. Some 66 arrests, and all but 3 or 4 of the charges had nothing at all to do with drugs. Yet, kids can be shot on a basketball court, and the RMPD continues to dump money into all these programs, instead of finding the shooters in that case. Which is more important?

  • LetsBeFair Apr 14, 2014

    These make great TV shows ... I like when the cops show up with fake TV's to lure out the criminals telling them they won them.

  • dh1964 Apr 14, 2014

    "Carlos Dunn had three baggies with marijuana resin and was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor probation violation."

    Sounds like Carlos would have been OK if he had simply taken out the trash like Mrs. Carlos told him to.

  • oftenbad2 Apr 14, 2014

    Kenneth Williams was out of jail within 30 minutes of his arrest....for possession of a firearm by felon!!! Goes to show that the legal system in da Mount doesn't Mount to anything!

  • Jump1 Apr 14, 2014

    And none will be removed from probation, they pay a fine and returned to the community to save money. From reading most of the cases will be dropped.