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Two more caught in Candy Crush web

Sherry Matthews Editor

October 9, 2013

An ongoing county drug campaign drew two more into its net Tuesday, as investigators honed in on dozens of individuals with warrants now taken out against them.


Corey Cox, 19, of 1254 Kitty Fork Road, Clinton, and James Nicholas Carroll, 32, of 764 Tyndall Town Road, Clinton, became the 10th and 11th individuals out of 40 involved in Operation Candy Crush to be taken into custody as part of a campaign that started six months ago.


Cox was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, charged with two counts each of selling marijuana, delivering marijuana and maintaining a vehicle for the sell of a controlled substance, all felonies. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Sampson District Court on Oct. 25.


Carroll, arrested a few hours later, around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, was charged with one count each of sell of methamphetamine, deliver meth, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for the sell of a controlled substance, sell of a Schedule II controlled substance, delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance; and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for sell of a controlled substance, all felonies. Reports note that 1 gram of meth was seized when he was arrested at his Tyndall Town Road residence. Carroll was placed under a $35,000 secured bond and is scheduled to make his first appearance in Sampson County District Court Friday, Oct. 11.


Cox and Carroll are among 11 that have now been arrested in the Crush operation. Warrants have been secured for another 29 individuals and sheriff’s authorities are in the process of rounding those individuals up.


Those already arrested are facing myriad charges dealing with drug offenses that run the gamut of illegal substances, from meth and marijuana to heroin and cocaine, a clear indication Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said in a telephone interview Tuesday of how rampant drugs were in Sampson.


“It’s alarming and concerning that we have this type of activity going on all the time in our county, but I am pleased that this operation is combating the problems we face every day with illegal drugs,” the sheriff said in that interview.


Thornton said Candy Crush came about because of citizen complaints and the hard work of officers. “The only way to effectively combat illegal drugs is by law enforcement and citizens working together. I am grateful to citizens who chose to get involved and help us by providing critical information,” Thornton stressed Tuesday.


Many of the individuals targeted in the operation were identified through tips from concerned citizens, a press released issued Tuesday about Candy Crush noted.