Sheriff’s office reports success with saturated patrols

By RICK CURL
Senior staff writer
Posted 11/24/21

A concentrated effort by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office along with officers from the Clinton and Four Oaks police departments, made a plethora of traffic stops, drug-related and other …

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Sheriff’s office reports success with saturated patrols

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A concentrated effort by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office along with officers from the Clinton and Four Oaks police departments, made a plethora of traffic stops, drug-related and other arrests, according to SCSO Lt. Marcus Smith.

“During this proactive saturation effort, great emphasis was placed on identifying criminal activities through traffic enforcement,” Smith said.

On Nov. 23, the second of two operations took place in the Newton Grove area. Along with several traffic citations, the team collected three firearms, seized 108.8 grams of marijuana, 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, a gram of fentanyl and captured two wanted persons.

Taken into custody during the operation were seven individuals, including Elijah Kareem Morrison, 18, of Newton Grove. Morrison faces felony charges of fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer and five traffic violations. Morrison was also wanted for breaking and entering as well as larceny after breaking and entering in Johnston County.

He was booked into the Sampson County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

Dennis James Bailey, 24, and Thaddeus Beck, 22, both of Coats, were also arrested.
Beck was charged with felony possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. He was given a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Bailey was arrested on two counts of failing to appear in court on reckless driving charges out of Duplin County. He was given a $1,000 secured bond.

In total, 15 suspects were taken into custody over the two days of the operation. Four suspects from Fayetteville, one from Warsaw, one from Wilmington, one from Salemburg and one from Stedman were also arrested. An unnamed juvenile was included among the arrestees.

One of the out-of-town suspects, Javant Malik Redmond, 26, of Wilmington, was arrested on a Harnett County warrant for breaking and entering to terrorize or injure, assault by pointing a gun, simple assault, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer. He was booked into the Harnett County Detention Center under a $101,500 secured bond.

During the operation, which took place on Nov. 20, 14 traffic citations were issued and officers located a pair of stolen firearms and 41.8 grams of Schedule I narcotics.

Rick Curl can be reached at rcurl@mydailyrecord.com or at 910-230-2038.

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