The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

April 10, 2013

9 arrested in drug roundup

Operation Spring Fling

By CALVIN ADKINS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

TARBORO — "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.



Rosa Elizabeth Cobb, 55, 700 Chestnut St. Tarboro was charged with sell schedule II controlled substance, deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and /or deliver controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling, trafficking opium or heroin, and manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance within 1000 ft. of a park. She was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a 10,000 unsecured bond.

Derek Edwards, 32, 7741 Temperance Hall Rd. Pinetops was charged with PWISD cocaine, maintain place for controlled substance, sell cocaine, deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia.He was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $25,000 unsecured bond.

Penny D. Olague, 41, 1701 Longview Ave. was charged with possess controlled substance within 300 ft. of a school, manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance within 1000 ft. of a school, conspiracy to sell/deliver a controlled substance, sell or deliver schedule IV controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule IV controlled substance, and maintain a place for the manufacture, sell, or deliver of a controlled substance. She was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.

Marcus Omar Ruffin, 37, 131 N. Fairview Circle Tarboro was charged with maintain place for controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture schedule VI controlled substance, sell/deliver schedule VI controlled substance, PWIMSD controlled substance. He was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.

Angela Andrews Sherrod, 53, 202 Beasley St. Princeville, was charged with PWIMSD schedule III controlled substance, sell schedule III controlled substance, deliver schedule III controlled substance, MSDP controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park, maintain place for controlled substance, dispense medication without license, possession of schedule II controlled substance. She was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $25,000 unsecured bond.

Mary Elizabeth Tyson, 28, 1106 Chapel St. Tarboro was charge with PWISMD marijuana, sell marijuana, deliver marijuana, PWIMSD controlled substance within 1000 ft. of school, PWIMSD controlled substance within 1000ft. of a park, possession marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, PWIMSD Schedule II controlled substance, sell schedule II controlled substance, deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule II controlled substance, maintain place for controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, dispense medication without license. He was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $125,000 secured bond.

Timothy Blair Wilkerson, 49, 1701 Longview Ave. Tarboro. Sell or Deliver Schedule IV Controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule IV controlled substance, maintain a place for the manufacture, sell, or deliver of a controlled substance, manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance within 1000 ft. of a school, conspiracy to sell/deliver a controlled substance, and dispense medication without a license. He was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond

Perry Lee Winstead Jr., 22, Pender Square Apt. 6H Tarboro was charged with PWISMD Marijuana, sell marijuana, deliver marijuana, PWIMSD controlled substance within 1000 ft. of school, possession marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center $125,000 secured bond

Jennifer Ann Williams , 35, 104 Sorey Ave. Tarboro was charged with sell/deliver controlled substance within 300 feet of a school, PWIMSD schedule VI controlled substance, maintain place controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, sell/deliver schedule VI controlled substance, manufacture schedule VI controlled substance. She was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond unsecured bond.