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May 30, 2013

‘SPRING FLING’

Drug roundup nets more arrests

TARBORO — Instead of waking up to the smell of bacon and eggs, several alleged drug dealers woke up to police officers knocking on their doors and K-9s sniffing inside their houses.

The Tarboro Police Department arrested six suspects Tuesday and two more Wednesday on drugs charges during its ongoing operation "Spring Fling" drug roundup. "Spring Fling" is a joint drug task force between TPD and the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department. The operation began earlier this spring and is expected to continue throughout the summer, said Tarboro Police Department Chief Damon Williams.

Four of the suspects arrested Tuesday lived on Edmondson Avenue while the other two resided outside of the Tarboro town limits. Two of the four arrested on Edmondson Avenue were brothers — Jerome Bridgers, 34, and George Lynn Frank, 53. A search of their resident revealed 15 dosage units of cocaine.

In a residence located directly across from the street, officers arrested Ricky Macordia Phillips, 57, at 1002 Edmondson Ave. Phillips stood outside in his bath robe while investigators searched the house for drugs.  

A .22 caliber rifle was found at Phillips' residence and he was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon along with several drug charges.

Two blocks away, K9s found eight bags of marijuana at the residences of Terrance Hyman, 35, 1205 Edmondson Ave. Hyman was taken to Edgecombe County Detention Center in his pajamas.

The task force returned to the streets Wednesday and arrested three additional suspects to bring the overall roundup total to 40.

"Some people say there are no drugs in our community, that's not true," Williams said. "Drugs are everywhere, but we are doing everything that we can do to get rid of it in our community. We will be picking up suspects throughout the summer as  we wrap up evidence."

"Drug dealers should be weary because they don't know when we're going to strike again. It's part of our plan to eradicate drugs in our community."

The Edgecombe County Sheriff Department also takes part in operation "Spring Fling."

Suspects charged included:

• Jerome Bridgers — charged with sell cocaine, deliver cocaine, two counts possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, two counts sell and deliver within 1000 feet of a school, two counts maintaining a dwelling for selling controlled substance, two counts felony possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in jail under a $40,000 bond.

• George Lynn Frank — charged with conspire to sell and deliver cocaine, three counts possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, three counts sell cocaine, three counts deliver cocaine, three counts sell and deliver within 1000 feet of school, four counts felony possession of cocaine, three counts maintain a dwelling for the sell and deliver of cocaine. He was placed in jail under a $60,000 bond.

• Ricky Macordia Phillips — charged with two counts sell cocaine, two counts conspire to sell and deliver cocaine, two counts deliver cocaine, two counts possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, two counts felony possession of cocaine, maintain a dwelling for keeping and selling controlled substance, two counts sell and deliver controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession of firearm by a felon. He was placed in jail under a $45,000 bond.

• Terrance Hyman — charged with five counts possession of marijuana, five counts possession of drug paraphernalia, five counts maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling a controlled substance, six counts sell and deliver within 1,000 feet of a school, five counts sell and deliver within 1,000 feet of park, four counts sell marijuana, five counts deliver marijuana, five counts possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, conspire to sell and deliver cocaine, sell cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, felony possession of cocaine, conspire to sell and deliver marijuana, and manufacture marijuana. He was placed in jail under a $46,000 bond.

• Michael John Mangino, 26, 357 St. Lewis Rd. Macclesfield — charged with two counts sell and deliver marijuana, two counts possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana. He was placed in jail under a $75,000 bond.

• Kelly Jermaine Branch, 37, 645 White Oak Swamp Rd. — charged with 2 counts sell cocaine, deliver cocaine, 2 counts of possession with intent sell and deliver cocaine, 2 counts possession of cocaine, 2 counts maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of keeping and selling a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in jail under a $20,000 bond.

• Justin Patrick Adcox, 25, 406 E. Green St. Macclesfield — charged with sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver controlled substance, conspiracy to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, conspire to traffic opium/heroin. He was placed in jail under a $7,500 bond.

• Jennifer Dancy Wilson, 64, 917 Saint David St. Tarboro, was charged with sell schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver control substance, maintain a dwelling for the purpose of keeping and selling a controlled substance. She was placed in jail under a $7,500 bond.

• Damon Wayne Fendley, 18, 510 Chestnut St. Tarboro, — charged with sell marijuana, deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell schedule II controlled substance, deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His was placed in jail under a $75,000 secured.



 

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