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Undercover Drug Operation Leads to 15 Arrests

Posted December 8, 2007

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— A four-month-long undercover operation by Sanford police officers resulted in 185 drug charges filed against 33 people.

As of Saturday, the Sanford Police Department Tactical Narcotics Team had arrested 15 of those suspects. Seven were indicted on federal charges either for the amount of drugs they sold or for prior criminal records.

An undercover agent was able to infiltrate drug circles in mid-June and make purchases from the suspects, Cpt. Dan Kehagis said. The operation continued until mid-November and targeted increasingly higher-up dealers.

Agents concentrated on dealing in crack cocaine and marijuana but also caught some transactions of illegal prescription medications.

Sanford police will continue to pursue the suspects still at large, Kehagis said. All the people arrested so far are from Sanford.

Three of the seven people facing federal charges have been arrested and were placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center: Adell Andrew “Bubba” Wilson, of 543 Cox Maddox Road; Jermaine Otis “Pookie” Jones, of 606 Cox Maddox Road; and James Curtis Spears, of 1104 Charlotte Ave.

Each man faces two charges of distribution of crack cocaine and two counts of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Twelve other people arrested were placed in the Lee County Jail under varying bonds.

  • David Wayne Edwards of Summerfield Apartments, was given a $6,000 bond for possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, sale and delivery of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Joe Edward Ferguson, of Spring Side Apartments, was given a $42,000 bond for two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of maintaining a dwelling for drugs and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Leroy Junior Haynes, of 500 Bounty Lane, was given a $10,000 bond for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, sale and delivery of cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Marcus Kinte Martin, of 1123 Walden St., was given a $20,000 bond for three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, three counts of sale and delivery of cocaine, three counts of maintaining a dwelling for drugs and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Ronnie Laverne Pulley, of 611 E. Washington St., was given a $15,000 bond for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, sale and delivery of cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Wilfredo Rubio, of 221 Charlotte Ave., was given a $12,000 bond for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, sale and delivery of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Warren Eugene Simmons, of 1603 Woodland Ave., was given a $30,000 bond for two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, two counts of sale and delivery of marijuana, two counts of maintaining a dwelling for drugs and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Eric Wesley Speed, of 908 Washington Ave., was given a $17,000 bond for three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, two counts of sale and delivery of marijuana, two counts of maintaining a dwelling for drugs and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resist, delay and obstruct.
  • Otis Jermaine Spruill Jr., of 538 Weatherspoon St., was given a $25,000 bond for three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, counts of three and delivery of marijuana, three counts of maintaining a dwelling for drugs and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Travis Watson, of 1799 Farrell Road, was given a $18,000 bond for two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, two counts of sale and delivery of marijuana, two counts of maintaining a vehicle for drugs, possession of marijuana and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Glenda Gomez Rodriquez, of 2067 West Ridge Apartments, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, two counts of sale and delivery of cocaine, two counts of maintaining a dwelling for drugs, two counts of maintaining a dwelling for drugs and conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine.
  • Anthony Devon “Ant” Morrison, of 513 Hickory Ave., was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, sale and delivery of cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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  • Concerned Dec 10, 2007

    Until Law Enforcement gets really serious and go after the "REAL DRUG DEALERS", all that is being done is in vain. These two-bit criminals are not the REAL drug dealers, they are just pawns, and others will take their place. WAKE UP AMERICA.

  • richard2 Dec 9, 2007

    I wish I had gone to law school, I would have move money than I could spend.

  • Like that Dec 9, 2007

    Don't worry about the jails, they won't be there long. They will get suspended sentences and be put on probation for a few years. Just wondering, is a crowded jail a bad thing? Seems to me like the more criminals in jail then less are in the streets! Some people you just can't satisfy.

  • newlife805 Dec 9, 2007

    If those guys have done recent jail time you can look them up in the NC DOC's website to see what they look like and how many times they have been charged with something. Sometimes it is scary to see how long their "rap" sheet is.

  • oldrebel Dec 8, 2007

    I'll sleep better tonight knowing that another batch of drug crazed potheads have been taken off the streets. Of course the rapists and murderers are still out there, but by gosh, those mean ole potheads are cooling their heels in the pokey.

  • pedroandyman Dec 8, 2007

    I guess leroy and skillet ain't gonna pull thru for me tonite. Anyone know where i can score a lid?

  • Trivr Dec 8, 2007

    While in prison, my guess is that 'pookie' will play the role of the...

  • lovecarolinagutters Dec 8, 2007

    These are typical "drug boy" names. They all have nicknames so when the dimes get dropped no one knows their real name. "Maintaining a dwelling" means you can't SELL illegal drugs from that dwelling. You can have all you want, so long as you don't get caught.
    Do the crime, do the time. Simple as that and all the "dope boys" know it.

  • LocalYokel Dec 8, 2007

    I don't understand the charge "maintaining a dwelling for drugs". Does that mean that if you have illegal drugs you cant have a place to live?

  • trunkmonkee1971 Dec 8, 2007

    I am there Catch22. Just let me know exactly when the rally will be so I can get the Tee shirts ready. let's see now, what should the message onthe shirts say?.......

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