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Drug Arrest Snares 2nd Taylortown Leader

Posted July 27, 2007

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— Moore County authorities have arrested a member of the Taylortown Town Council and his brother on numerous drug charges following a three-month investigation.

The arrests Thursday came five months after the mayor was arrested for hiring himself to do town construction projects. Both officials are running for re-election this fall. If convicted, they’ll both be out of a job.

Deputies searched a residence at 118 Burch St. in West End and found 32 grams of crack cocaine, four grams of marijuana, two Percocet pills and assorted drug paraphernalia. Authorities also seized $1,946 from the residence. Authorities estimate the street value of the drugs at $3,600.

“It’s a substantial amount of crack cocaine, especially for this area,” said Capt. W.J. Seawell, with the Moore County Sheriff’s Department.

Lonnie Jones III, 38, and Scott Burch Jones, 26, both of 118 Burch St., were both charged with felony conspiracy to traffic cocaine; felony possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; felony possession of cocaine; felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana; felony manufacture of marijuana; felony possession of marijuana; felony maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance; misdemeanor possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Percocet), and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities said the arrest came after Scott Jones allegedly tried to sell drugs to an informant.

Lonnie Jones has been a member of the Taylortown Town Council for 10 years. He was being held in the Moore County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

Scott Jones was being held in the Moore County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

Investigators also searched a residence at 186 Walker St. and seized approximately five grams of Ecstasy, 56 hydrocodone pills and a gram of marijuana.

This marks the second Taylortown official to run afoul of the law in recent months. In February, Mayor Ulysses S.G. Barrett Jr. was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors, including benefiting from a public contract as a public official.

Both Jones and Barrett remain in office.

“I think it’s a disgrace,” said resident Al Haebe.

In an interview with WRAL in March, Jones claimed to take the high road.

“Trust me, I’m not going to work with anyone I thought was crooked,” he said.

Jones is also a substitute teacher in Moore County, but school officials won't say where he taught.

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  • fayettevilledoug Jul 28, 2007

    Maybe you have to be a convicted felon to live there. We shouldn't be like this...convicted felons have to gather somewhere and if everyone runs them off then why not start your own town with federal funds and hard workers tax dollars.

  • wizard633 Jul 28, 2007

    I wonder why it took so long for them to get busted! Taylortown has been known for "Cracktown" for a pretty good while. Lock'em up & see to it that they never have any authority over anything else again.

  • Fair Tax Now Jul 28, 2007

    I am one of the 31% who pay tax in T Town. The take is about 700 on my current tax bill. This takes on a whole new meaning when you have to hand over 700 bucks to a bunch of crooks and incompetents. At what point does a town lose it's ability to tax and who or what body can revoke it. Where does all that money go? I have no doubt that if they could, the residents of color would re elect these morons again if they had the chance.

  • stclark Jul 27, 2007

    Mayor Barrett(Con-Man / Thief). Concilman Jones (Drug Dealer). Councilman Thompson ( ? ) .

  • stclark Jul 27, 2007

    Who's next.....Councilman Thompson ??????

  • stclark Jul 27, 2007

    Maybe the Fed's need to come in and finish cleaning up.

  • jhnewman Jul 27, 2007

    Folks, get a grip. According to Nancy's post: 31.74% of people are white, 64.36% are black, 0.22% are asian, 0.76% are native american, and 2.93% claim 'Other'.

    So, the Users, whoops, voters have spoken. So be it!

  • Nancy Jul 27, 2007

    From the article:

    Both Jones and Barrett remain in office.

    “I think it’s a disgrace,” said resident Al Haebe.

    In an interview with WRAL in March, Jones claimed to take the high road.

    “Trust me, I’m not going to work with anyone I thought was crooked,” he said.

    Jones is also a substitute teacher in Moore County, but school officials won't say where he taught.

    -------------------

    And Jones also had a vote in dismissing the police chief a couple months ago, and the police chief went to the ESC and they found his dismissal was not proper.

    Seems like this little town of Taylortown is up to it's eyeballs in corruption. Heck, the town has a population of less than 1,000.

  • blackdog Jul 27, 2007

    I can just see Carthage as a Dizzyland theme park city...

  • mindyourown Jul 27, 2007

    Drugs drugs and more drugs and thugs...

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