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August 27, 2013

FINAL ‘SPRING FLING’

Task force nabs fugitive, 19 arrested

TARBORO — Drug task force agents in Edgecombe County had an eventful week when they nabbed 19 alleged drug dealers and a federal fugitive during Operation Spring Fling. The operation finally came to an end as law enforcement arrested over 100 suspected drug dealers during a five month period.

"Operation Spring Fling may have ended but undercover buys (of drugs) will continue to be made all around the county on a daily basis," Sheriff James Knight said. "I want to assure citizens that my commitment to pursue prosecution against those responsible for illegal drug sales will continue."

Knight said all officers involved in the operation did a good job following up on complaints and gathering information to make cases stronger against the suspected dealers.

In the mix of the roundup on Wednesday, the task force was called to help the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) capture a fugitive from a residence at 1432 Old County Home Road.

Officers were called on to execute a search warrant to remove the fugitive, 30-year old Matthew Leak, from the residence. Leak forced officers to wait nearly an hour before they drew up the search warrant to remove him from the home after he refused to surrender.

When officers returned with the search warrant in-hand, they gave Leak five minutes to respond to the door. He never responded and once the threat to use a K9 was made, things took a dramatic turn. Officers used a ram to make entry into the residence. Leak ran out the back door with his shoes in-hand, and got a big surprise when more than 10 officers were waiting with their guns drawn on him at which point he surrendered.

Leak told officers he thought they were parole agents because he is an absconder from parole — for assault by strangulation and assault inflicting serious injury. He served a year and five months in prison for the conviction and was paroled. Since being paroled, he failed to follow the conditions of his parole.

Leak was wanted by the DEA, because he is part of a long indictment that involved narcotics.

During the roundup, officers also executed another search warrant at 28 Sarah Lane in Rocky Mount, where they uncovered more than an ounce of marijuana, digital scales, two smoking devices, marijuana grinders, ammunition and a pistol grip 12-gauge shotgun.

Officers arrested Anthony Phillip Lewis and Andrick Darice Pittman of the residence after their findings.

Lewis was charged with two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, manufacture marijuana, two counts of maintain a dwelling to store controlled substance, sell marijuana, deliver marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession up to a half ounce of marijuana.

Pittman was charged with two counts of sell marijuana, two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of maintain a dwelling to store controlled substance, two counts of possession up to a half ounce of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both suspects were jailed under a $185,000 secured bond.

The following persons were arrested during the roundup:

• Anotine Kenneth Coleman, of 298 Bonnie Lane, Princeville, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sell cocaine, possession of cocaine, conspire to sell and deliver cocaine, maintain a dwelling to store controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $185,000 secured bond.

• Arrington Devon Clark, of 602 King Ave., Princeville, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell marijuana, deliver marijuana, maintain a dwelling to store controlled substance, possess less than half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $165,000 secured bond.

• Jamal Sharay Rose, of 202 S. Third St., Pinetops, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell marijuana, sell controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school, possess up to a half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $165,000 secured bond.

• Kenneth Earl Vines, of 214 S. Fourth St., Pinetops, charged with two counts of trafficking opiates, possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell marijuana, two counts of maintain a dwelling to store controlled substance, possess up to a half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $165,000 secured bond.

• William Battle, of S. 12th St., Pinetops, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule II, sell schedule II and conspire to sell schedule II. Jailed under a $165,000 secured bond.

• Deshawn Quantell Murphy, of 500 Benson Dr., Tarboro, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sell cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintain a dwelling to store controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $165,000 secured bond.

• Rasheen Deon Pender, of 105 Bryson Lane, Princeville, charged with two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, two counts of sell cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine, two counts of maintain a dwelling to store controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $185,000 secured bond.

• Shamekia Nicole Condery, of 16 Todd Lane, Tarboro, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sell cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintain a dwelling to store controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.

• John Moore, III, of 305 E. Cobb St., Pinetops, charged with two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, two counts of sell cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine, three counts of maintain a dwelling to store controlled substance, sell controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $350,000 secured bond.

• Curtis Sentell Condery, of Elm Sreet, Tarboro, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sell cocaine, deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.

• Rockkil Maurice Rhodes, of 6809 W. Wilson St., Fountain, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell marijuana, sell controlled substance within 1,000 feet of childcare facility, possess up to a half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $20,000 secured bond.

• Jermaine Monte Battle, of 312 S. Gilliam St., Pinetops, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell marijuana, deliver marijuana, possess up to a half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $25,000 secured bond.

• Demetri Antonio Burton, of 95 Lakeside Lane, Princeville, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell marijuana, sell controlled substance within 1,000 of childcare facility, possess up to a half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.

• Howard Earl Whitfield, III, of 165 White Oak Road, Tarboro, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sell cocaine, conspire to sell cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession drug paraphernalia. Jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.

• Dontee Lamar Brown, of Northgate Apartments, Apt. 34, Tarboro, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, sell heroin, deliver heroin, possession of heroin and maintain a vehicle to store controlled substance. Jailed under a $100,000 secured bond.

• Cedric Dwaine Norville, of 306 E. Cobb St., Pinetops, charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sell cocaine, conspire to sell cocaine, conspire to sell schedule III and possession with the intent to sell schedule III. Jailed under a $50,000 secured bond.

• Kevin Eugene Bridgers, of Myrtle Avenue, Rocky Mount, charged with possession with thew intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sell cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, sell heroin, possession of heroin and two counts of maintain a vehicle to store controlled substance. Jailed under a $25,000 secured bond.

Correction

An incorrect address provided to The Daily Southerner by the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department appeared in a story on the final "Spring Fling" drug roundup story in the Aug. 26 edition.

Antonio Coleman's correct address is 254 Bonnie Lane.

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