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April 15, 2013

Habitual drug dealer charged with manslaughter

Law Enforcement Spring Fling nets 20 more arrests

TARBORO — The Tarboro Police Department charged a habitual drug dealer with a more serious crime on Thursday.

Andrew Lee Jeffreys, 33, was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Douglas Michael Parrisher.

Parrisher reportedly was found dead on the passenger's side of a vehicle at his residence Oct.12, 2012. TPD Sgt. Al Braxton said Parrisher died of natural causes. Parrisher was riding with Jeffreys on that day and at some point in time passed out," Braxton said. Jeffreys reportedly left Parrisher in the vehicle at the victim’s residence. Jeffrey’s reportedly left the scene and came back. He also took Parrisher’s wallet.

“He was charged with manslaughter because he failed to render medical assistance,” Braxton said.

Jeffreys was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled for his first appearance for his most recent charges Wednesday.

The suspect has been a constant on the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department and Tarboro Police Department drug roundup arrests including the recent “Operation Spring Fling.” On Thursday Jefferys was arrested on 11-felony related drug charges including selling and delivering prescription drugs. For those charges he was placed in the Detention Center under a $50,000 bond.

In an unrelated case on Wednesday, Jeffreys was convicted for selling prescription drugs on Jan. 18, 2011 and sentenced to 17 months in prison.

Since Jan. 18, 2011, the habitual dealer has 20 charges pending in Edgecombe County Superior Court, according to N.C. Court System website. "Operation Spring Fling" kicked off April 8 with the arrest of nine suspects. 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.

The cleanup continued throughout the week with 19 additional arrests by the Sheriff's Department and two more by the Tarboro Police Department. According to reports, there could be more to come.

"Detectives are still looking for several subjects wanted in connection with this operation," said Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight. Arrests will continue throughout the summer from this undercover campaign. Undercover buys will also continue throughout the county.

 "I would like to thank the citizens whose complaints started many of these investigations.  Also thanks to Tarboro Police Department for their continued assistance in drug investigations throughout the county.  Partnerships between agencies leads to successes such as these. We want to let these people involved in drug sales know that they can’t escape justice by crossing city limits or county borders."

Listed below are the suspects and the charges filed against them.

Derek Edwards, 32, 7741 Temperance Hall Rd, Pinetops; two counts of conspire to sell cocaine, four counts of simpleing a simple for storage of controlled substance, sic counts of sell cocaine, four counts PWISD cocaine, three felony possess cocaine; and possess drug paraphernalia; $250,000 bond, simple seized

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