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Rocky Mount police arrest 17 on federal firearms charges

Posted May 9, 2013

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— Rocky Mount police charged 17 people this week with illegal possession or sale of firearms. The sweep, dubbed "Operation Direct Impact," included arrests in Charlotte, Maryland and of some people already in custody charged with other crimes. Benjamin Mcpherson, 30, Rocky Mount; Rocky Mount arrests 17 for illegal guns

The police department worked in concert with  the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to identify the men, all known felons. The men and their charges are as follows:

Lorenza Dickens, 28, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a stolen firearm, aid and abetting

Tron Davis, 31, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime

James Taylor Jr., 30, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon; dealing firearms without a license

Morgan Terrell, 25, of Rocky Mount;
receive/possess a sawed-off shotgun; possession of stolen firearm

Henry Purvis, 59, Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by felon

Johnny Darden, 51 of Pinetops;
possession of a firearm by a felon

Benjamin Mcpherson, 30, Rocky Mount;
dealing firearms without a license; receive/ship/transport of a firearm with an obliterated serial number; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; receive/possess a sawed-off shotgun; possession of a stolen firearm; conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. government

Andrick Johnson, 35, of Rocky Mount; 
Dealing firearms without a license; possession of a firearm by a felon

William Cherry, 24, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of a sawed-off shotgun

Mark Bishop, 37, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of a stolen firearm

Donald Harrison, 47, of Rocky Mount;
arson/attempted arson

Darryel Hill, 23, of Rocky Mount;      
possession of a firearm by a felon

Wendell Lloyd, 29, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of firearm during a drug trafficking crime; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; maintaining a place for a controlled substance; receive/ship/transport of a firearm with an obliterated serial number

Jamie Bryant, 35, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon

Jimmy Hunter, 36, of Rocky Mount
possession a firearm by a felon

Ozay Richardson, 41, of Rocky Mount
possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance

James Woodley, 28, of Rocky Mount
possession of a firearm by a felon

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  • Its me again May 10, 2013

    now if only WRAL would do society a favor and tell us when the progressive court system lets these guys out.So my daughter will know when to take up the fetal position to avoid being raped.

  • dadsgoose98 May 9, 2013

    It appears that ALL of them are prior felons! There is absolutely NO need for these people in our society,period.

  • twoods7 May 9, 2013

    Anyone think more gun laws would've prevented these pillars of society from getting their hands on the guns in the first place???

  • SFSOLDIER May 9, 2013

    Good job Police..throw them under the jail and leave them there this time...are you reading this Lib Judges????

  • robjustrob May 9, 2013

    And just what would be accomplished by taking guns away from law abiding citizens of Rocky Mount? You'd have had this many felons and many more still walking around with illegally owned weapons ready to shoot you in the back and assault your wife. Oh, now THAT'S progressive thinking!

  • doggypoos May 9, 2013

    And all of them will get a free court appointed attorney paid for by us tax payers.

  • monami May 9, 2013

    Good job, LE! Hopefully the courts will deal with this strictly.

  • flyguync May 9, 2013

    I'll feel a little safer visiting Rocky Mount tomorrow.

  • flyguync May 9, 2013

    "Fine contributing members of society. Now we get to feed and house them."

    There's a good chance we already were feeding and housing them.

  • a420a240 May 9, 2013

    This is how you get illegal guns away from dangerous people.

    Not by punishing legal, law-abiding citizens.

    Good job to all the LEO involved for making a difference without trampling on our rights.

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