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Goodyear fires 15 employees charged after drug raid

Posted April 9, 2010 4:29 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.