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Goodyear fires 15 employees charged after drug raid

Posted April 9, 2010

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— Goodyear has fired 15 employees from its tire plant in Fayetteville after they were arrested last week as a result of an undercover sting operation, company officials said Friday.

Bust at Fayetteville Goodyear plant nets drugs, arrests Bust at Fayetteville plant nets drugs, arrests

Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler said the investigation at the plant began after Goodyear corporate executives tipped them off.

"We got leads they were bringing drugs into the plant,” Butler said.

Since last August, undercover narcotics agents had purchased marijuana, cocaine and numerous prescription drugs from employees inside the Ramsey Street plant, investigators said.

The employees who were arrested:

  • Christopher Ward, 25, 6607 Blake Road in Stedman, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle for the sale and delivery of marijuana, a total of seven felony charges.
  • Michael Fricks, 39, of 783 Hedgelawn Way in Fayetteville, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of marijuana, a total of eight felony charges.
  • Ronald Sulser, 57, of 127 Treetop Drive in Fayetteville, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, a total of three felony charges.
  • Robert Thurman was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and trafficking opium by sale and delivery, nine felony charges.
  • Christopher Shirley, 26, of 203 Mile Court in Fayetteville, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sale and delivery of marijuana, three felony charges.
  • Jeffrey Whitt, 39, of 210 Gore Road in Shannon, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, a total of three felony charges.
  • Mary Stone, 24, of 3511Greenwood Drive in Fayetteville, was charged with trafficking, delivering and selling opium and possession with intent to sell and deliver opiates, a total of six felony charges.
  • Tony McKoy, 46, 2015 Poinciana Lane in Fayetteville, was charged with trafficking, selling and delivering opium, three felony charges.
  • Larry Abrams, 29, of 6069 Charles Ave. in Fayetteville, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, three felony charges.
  • Gloria Locklear, 43, of 3922 Constance Road in Hope Mills, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, three felony charges.
  • Joseph Brown, 42, of 7039 Old U.S.-421 in Lillington, was charged with trafficking, possession, delivery and selling opium and conspiracy, a total of four felony charges.
  • Almadie Allison Whitt, 37, of 210 Gore Road in Shannon, was charged with trafficking, possession, delivery and sale of opium and conspiracy, a total of four felony charges.
  • William Beckham III, 28, 1140 Acorn St. in Fayetteville, was charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver Ecstasy a total of three felony counts.
  • Dachonne Moorehead, 29, of 93 Lindley Court in Cameron, was charged with trafficking, possession, delivery and sale of cocaine and trafficking by transport of cocaine as well as conspiracy, a total of five felony charges.
  • Michael McKethan, 29, of 2745 Coronada Parkway, Fayetteville, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.
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  • pappy1 Apr 12, 2010

    15 Rocket Scientists arrested at the Goodyear Plant. Yay

  • ncguy Apr 12, 2010

    I think INS should pay them a visit also- I mean why not round up all the people who are/were breaking the law?

  • whatusay Apr 12, 2010

    Let the union institute a drug abuse intervention program. It's not Goodyears's responsibility to keep these people off of drugs.

  • Raptor06 Apr 12, 2010

    Why should Goodyear implement an intervention program? There are a lot of folks out there looking for jobs who don't abuse drugs. I see a few positions have just opened up! Good luck to the new applicants.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Apr 12, 2010

    Ronald Sulser, 57,

    6 years till he could start collecting Social Security. What a dumb donkey.
    The others in thier late 30's and 40's, you just ruined your lives. You are supposed to grown up by then.

  • infamousrider Apr 12, 2010

    Plenty of people who don't do drugs to take those jobs...why should companies keep waiting for employees to get their life together?

  • Garnerwolf1 Apr 12, 2010

    treet: why is it Goodyear's responsibility? This has been going on a long time. The real question is why did they wait so long to fire them.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Apr 12, 2010

    Sounds like Goodyear needs to institute a drug abuse intervention program to help their employees, not just fire them. I did not read in this article that Goodyear was going to do this.