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Rockfish: 54 counts of bribery, drugs and corruption

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The Operation Rockfish police corruption sting contains a 54-count federal indictment that alleges 13 current and former law enforcement officers and two other individuals protected narcotics shipments and cash proceeds during transit along the East Coast for what they believed was a large-scale drug trafficking organization that was actually an undercover operation by the FBI.

Named in the indictment are the following:

•Lann Tjuan Clanton, 36, a correctional officer with the Virginia Department of Corrections and former Weldon police officer.

•Ikeisha Jacobs, 32, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.

• Jason Boone, 29, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.

• Wardie Vincent Jr., 35, formerly of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.

• Adrienne Moody, 39, a correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

• Cory Jackson, 43, formerly of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.

• Jimmy Pair Jr., 48, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.

• Curtis Boone, 31, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.

• Antonio Tillmon, 31, a police officer with the Windsor City Police Department.

• Alaina Sue Kamling, 27, a correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

• Kavon Phillips, 25, a correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of

Public Safety.

• Crystal Pierce, 31, of Raleigh, North Carolina.

•Alphonso Ponton, 42, a correctional officer with the Virginia Department of Corrections.

•Thomas Jefferson Allen II, 37, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.

• Tosha Dailey, 31, a 911 dispatch operator for Northampton County.

The first count charges the conspiracy was ongoing since around November 7 of 2013 and involves the movement of one or more kilograms of heroin and five or more kilograms of cocaine.

In the second count the federal government charges the use of firearms in drug trafficking cases, specifically that the defendants used and carried firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Around August 22, 2013, count three charges that Clanton attempted to knowingly obstruct, delay and affect commerce by extortion, the indictment explaining that Clanton attempted to obtain property induced by the wrong and threatened use of force, violence and fear.

In count four it charges that Clanton used a firearm in committing the act of extortion.

On September 26 of 2013, according to count five, Clanton attempted to possess with the intent to distribute more than 5 kilos of a mixture containing a detectable amount of cocaine.

Count six alleges money laundering involving Clanton and Jacobs on November 7 of 2013. The indictment says they did so with the intent to conceal and disguise the proceeds of what is believed to be unlawful activity, aiding and abetting each other and, “Did knowingly and willfully conduct and attempt to conduct a financial transaction affecting interstate and foreign commerce involving property represented by a law enforcement officer to be proceeds of specified unlawful activity, that is, drug trafficking.”

Count seven charges that Jacobs, while a deputy sheriff with Northampton, received benefits in excess of $10,000 in any one-year period surrounding the date of November 7, 2013, from federal programs involving a grant, contract, subsidy loan, guarantee, insurance and other forms of federal assistance.

The indictment says she did corruptly solicit, demand, accept and agree to accept something of value intending to be influenced and rewarded with the business, transaction, and series of transactions of such county government involving something of value of $5,000 or more. “Ikeisha Jacobs … agreed to accept and accepted cash from undercover law enforcement agents posing as members of a drug trafficking organization, intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with protecting shipments of purported narcotic proceeds.”

Count eight charges money laundering, stating that around December 19, 2013, Clanton and Jacobs concealed and disguised the nature, location, source, ownership and control of property believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking.

Count nine alleges bribery and states that around December 19, of 2013, Jacobs received benefits in excess of $10,000, accepting cash from an undercover law enforcement agent to protect shipments of purported narcotics proceeds.

In count 10 it is charged that Clanton, Jacobs, Jason Boone, Vincent, Moody and Jackson attempted to possess with the intent to distribute 5 or more kilos of cocaine.

Count 11 alleges money laundering by Clanton, Jacobs, Jason Boone, Vincent, Moody and Jackson around February 20 of last year.

Count 12 is another bribery count against Jacobs where she purportedly agreed to accept cash to protect shipments of narcotics and their proceeds.

Count 13 is a bribery count against Jason Boone where he purportedly agreed to accept cash to protect shipments of narcotics and their proceeds.

Count 14 is another bribery count against Jacobs.

Count 15 is another money laundering count against Clanton and Jacobs.

Count 16 is another bribery count against Jacobs.

Count 17 is a bribery count against Jason Boone.

Count 18 is a bribery count against Curtis Boone.

Count 19 alleges that Clanton, Jason Boone, Vincent, Jackson, Pair and Curtis Boone attempted to possess with the intent to distribute 1 kilo or more of heroin.

Count 20 charges that Clanton, Jason Boone, Vincent, Jackson, Pair and Curtis Boone carried firearms in relation to a drug trafficking crime around May 20 of 2014.

Count 21 is a bribery charge against Boone.

Count 21 is a bribery charge against Pair.

Count 23 is a bribery charge against Curtis Boone.

Count 24 charges that Clanton, Jason Boone, Vincent, Jackson, Pair and Allen conspired around June 18, 2014, to distribute more than 5 kilos of cocaine.

Count 25 is a bribery charge against Jason Boone

Count 26 is a bribery charge against Pair.

Count 27 is a bribery charge against Allen.

Count 28 alleges that around August 20, 2014, Clanton, Jacobs, Jason Boone, Vincent, Moody, Pair, Tillmon, Kamling, Phillips and Pierce attempted to possess and distribute more than 1 kilo of heroin.

Count 29 is another bribery charge against Jacobs.

Count 30 is a bribery charge against Boone.

Count 31 is a bribery charge against Pair.

Count 32 is a bribery count against Tillmon.

Count 33 alleges that around October 22 of 2014, Jacobs, Moody. Tillmon, Kamling, Phillips and Pierce attempted to possess and distribute more than 1 kilo of heroin.

Count 34 alleges use of firearms against Jacobs, Moody, Tillmon, Kamling, Phillips and Pierce in relation to drug trafficking.

Count 35 is a another bribery count against Jacobs.

Count 36 is another bribery count against Tillmon.

Count 37 charges that around December 16, 2014, Clanton, Jason Boone, Vincent, Jackson, Pair and Ponton attempted to possess and distribute more than 1 kilo of heroin.

Count 38 is another use and carry firearm charge against Clanton, Jason Boone, Vincent, Jackson, Pair, Curtis Boone and Ponton.

Count 39 is a bribery charge against Jason Boone.

Count 40 is a bribery charge against Pair.

Count 41 is a bribery charge against Curtis Boone.

Count 42 alleges that on February 24 of this year, Clanton, Jason Boone, Jackson, Pair, Curtis Boone and Ponton tried to obtain and distribute more than 1 kilo of heroin.

Count 43 alleges use and carry of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking against Clanton, Jason Boone, Jackson, Pair, Curtis Boone and Ponton.

Count 43 is a bribery charge against Jason Boone.

Count 45 is a bribery charge against Pair.

Count 46 is a bribery charge against Curtis Boone.

Count 47 Is a bribery charge against Dailey.

Count 48 charges that last month on March 26, Clanton, Jacobs, Jason Boone, Vincent, Moody, Jackson, Pair, Curtis Boone, Tillmon, Kamling, Phillips and Dailey attempted to buy and distribute more than 1 kilo of heroin.

Count 49 charges Jacobs, Moody, Tillmon, Kamling and Phillips used guns in relation to drug trafficking.

Count 50 charges Jacobs with bribery.

Count 51 charges Jason Boone with bribery.

Count 52 charges Pair with bribery.

Count 53 charges Curtis Boone with bribery.

Count 54 charges Tillmon with bribery.

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