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Undercover sting nets seven reputed dealers

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An undercover operation based on complaints and investigation carried out over four days resulted in several arrests of people described as reputed street-level and mid-level drug dealers.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said in a statement the 23-hour campaign which spanned over four days resulted in the opening of 11 cases and 51 drug and weapon charges.

One handgun was seized along with heroin, crack, marijuana and oxycodone pills.

The undercover purchases were made throughout the county — at convenience store parking lots in Roanoke Rapids, Weldon and the Medoc community — in Enfield and a parking lot across from the elementary school in the Aurelian Springs community.

Seven offenders were arrested and several arrests are pending. The oldest offender identified was 55 years old and the youngest was 18 years old.

“I am very proud of the City County Drug Task Force to put a major dent in our drug problem in Halifax County,” Tripp said this afternoon.

Captain Anzell Harris of the task force said $1,300 worth of drugs were seized during the campaign.

Those arrested Wednesday were:

Melvin Lynch, 55, of Roanoke Rapids, for sell cocaine, deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, conspiracy, felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, possess marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia

Jesse Jamar Arrington, 27, of Roanoke Rapids, for felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, felon in possession of firearm, two counts of conspiracy and two counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for a controlled substance

Lynch and Arrington were arrested on Maria Avenue.

When agents were approaching the residence, Arrington tossed 8.6 grams of crack cocaine and a handgun while outside and agents also seized currency.

Lynch was in possession of crack cocaine in a pill container and a user amount of marijuana inside a $1 bill.

Lynch received a $15,000 bond and Arrington a $25,000 bond.

Ronnie Washington, 35, of Weldon, for possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, sell marijuana, deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin, sell heroin, deliver heroin and two counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for a controlled substance.

Washington received a $30,000 bond

Quantrez Evans, 24, of Enfield, for possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, sell marijuana and deliver marijuana. Evans received a $5,000 bond

Those arrested Thursday were:

Collie Davis Jr., 26, of Roanoke Rapids, for possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, sell cocaine and deliver cocaine.

Davis was arrested by Roanoke Rapids police Officer J. Shelburne and was served with the warrant for arrest. He received a $15,000 cash bond.

Jarell King, 24, of the Medoc community of Enfield, for possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, sell marijuana and deliver marijuana. King received a $3,000 bond.

Phillip Johnson, 39, of Hollister, for possession with intent to manufacture sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell schedule II controlled substance, deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, sell marijuana, deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for a controlled substance and manufacture/sell/deliver/possess a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.

Johnson informed agents to meet in the Aurelian Springs community where he sold marijuana and 20 oxycodone pills. Johnson received a $30,000 bond

All arrested received April 16 court dates.

These investigations were conducted by agents C.A. Parker, D.R. Radford, D.J. Epperson and D.W. McKeel.

Citizens are encouraged to report any suspected drug activity by calling the City County Drug Task Force at 252 535-1257 or logging onto www.halifaxsheriff.comand click on submit a tip.

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