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Six charged, 50 firearms seized in meth bust

Posted December 5, 2008 2:58 p.m. EST
Updated December 5, 2008 5:08 p.m. EST

— A six-month undercover investigation by Moore County narcotics officers resulted in charges against six people for methamphetamine and weapons offenses and the seizure of more than 50 weapons Wednesday.

Federal charges for distributing meth and conspiracy to distribute meth were filed against:

William Kevin Poe, 33, 50 Kevin Road in Siler City; Anthony Wayne Brown, 39, and Loni Elizabeth Torres, 27, both of 724 Calvin Road in Robbins; Danny Keith Simmons, 47, of 3418 Highway 22 South in Ramseur; Kenneth Wayne Simmons, 51, of 7885 Clipwood Road in Bennett; and William Glenn Castavens, 41, of 78 Fisher Lane in Goldston.

Poe remains at large. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call the Moore County Sheriff's Office at 910-947-2931.

Deputies arrested Brown, Torres, Danny Simmons and Kenneth Simmons Wednesday. They were taken to Greensboro and placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service Thursday.

Castavens was already in federal custody for violating probation.

Deputies searched a home and outbuilding at 191 Tommy Road and a home at 724 Calvin Road in the High Falls area. They found blasting caps, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.

They seized 54 firearms, including rifles, shotguns, three assault-type rifles and handguns. One seized firearm was a .22-caliber, sawed-off rifle.

During the investigation, undercover officers bought or seized 118 grams of meth, two firearms, 14 grams of marijuana and $1,573 in U.S. currency. The drugs had a street value of about $12,500.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Chatham and Randolph county sheriff's offices assisted in the investigation.