"Don't sell drugs in our community."
Tarboro Police Chief Daimon Williams poignantly spoke those words Monday while law enforcement officers roundup nine alleged drug dealers during "Operation Spring Fling."
The arrests were the results of a six-month task between the Tarboro Police Department, Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement that targeted drug dealers in Edgecombe County. Majority of the suspects were caught off guard from the visiting officers.
"We picked them up from their home, we picked them up from work, we even picked one up from the hospital (while visiting)," Williams said. "We are sending a message that we're not going to tolerate selling drugs in our community."
Bonds for the suspects were set from $10,000 to $125,000. Perry Lee Winstead Jr., 22, Pender Square Apartment, 6H Tarboro, and Mary Elizabeth Tyson, 28, 1106 Chapel St. Tarboro, both received $125,000 bonds. Tyson faces 10 charges including selling controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and also a park. She was also charged with possession of marijuana and dispensing medication without licenses.
Rosa Elizabeth Cobb, 55, 700 Chestnut St. Tarboro, was the oldest suspect arrested. She faces six charges including Trafficking Opium or Heroin. Cobb was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond — the lesser bond that was given during the operation.
Winstead faces six charges including possession with the intent to sell controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and sell marijuana.
In an effort to build "lock tight cases" Williams said the operation proceeded with well organized tactical procedures from the beginning to the end.
Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight said getting drug dealers off the street is one of his main concerns.
"Illegal drugs are the cause of 85 to 90 percent of the crime in Edgecombe County," Knight said. "People who use drugs, shoplift, break in to houses, and do other things to supply their habits.
"When we have an operation like this one, it gets drug users and dealers off the street and it deters the recruitment of new drug dealers.
Listed below are the suspects and the charges filed against them.
Operation Spring Fling
"Don't sell drugs in our community."
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