Autryville bust nets three arrests, slew of drug felonies


Investigation nets drug trafficking, child abuse charges

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



Chastity Holmes


James Holmes


David Holmes


Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division agents arrested three from this residenceat 77 Madeline Lane, Autryville, Wednesday following a months-long probe.


AUTRYVILLE — A months-long investigation into possible drug activity on Madeline Lane culminated early Wednesday morning with the arrests of three family members, taken into custody on more than 30 felony drug manufacturing and trafficking offenses, as well as child abuse charges.

Agents with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division started an investigation into drug activity reported at 77 Madeline Lane, Autryville, earlier this year. After a three-month long investigation, “enough probable cause was established to obtain warrants on the suspects involved in the complaint and secure a search warrant for the residence,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement.

Early Wednesday morning, drug agents conducted a search warrant at the residence and located “trafficking amounts of opiates” at the Autryville residence and arrested three people. Details about the amounts and types of drugs seized was not immediately available.

Arrested were Chastity Holmes, 40, of 77 Madeline Lane, Autryville; James Edward Holmes, 36, of 110 Madeline Lane, Autryville; and David Ray Holmes, 26, also of 110 Madeline Lane, Autryville.

Chastity Holmes was charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule II controlled substance, delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, three counts of maintaining a dwelling for the storage of a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, selling heroin, delivering heroin, three counts of trafficking opium or heroin, conspiring to sell heroin, conspiring to deliver heroin and two counts of conspiring to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance. Additionally, she received misdemeanor charges of dispensing medication without a license and three counts of child abuse.

Bond was set in the amount of $350,000 secured.

James Holmes was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, selling marijuana, delivering marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for storage of a controlled substance, conspiring to sell heroin, conspiring to delivering heroin, two counts of conspiring to sell a Schedule II controlled substance. He also received a misdemeanor count of child abuse.

Bond was set at $100,000 secured for the charges.

David Holmes was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, two counts of selling heroin, two counts of delivering heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, and three counts of trafficking opium or heroin. Additionally, he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and dispensing medication without a license. Bond was set in the amount of $200,000 secured.

All three were given court dates of June 17.

No criminal record for James and Chastity Holmes were found in N.C. Department of Public Safety court records, however David Holmes was convicted in March 2014 of selling and delivering a Schedule VI controlled substance in Sampson County. His sentence was suspended and he was given three years’ probation. His probationary status is still active.

According to sheriff’s authorities, during the execution of the search warrant, three juveniles ranging in age from 11-16 years old were found inside the residence, prompting the child abuse charges.

“This investigation has removed these drug dealers and their poison from the streets of Sampson County,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton stated.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

Investigation nets drug trafficking, child abuse charges

By Chris Berendt

[email protected]

Chastity Holmes
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Chastity-Holmes.jpgChastity Holmes

James Holmes
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_James-Holmes.jpgJames Holmes

David Holmes
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_David-Holmes.jpgDavid Holmes

Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division agents arrested three from this residenceat 77 Madeline Lane, Autryville, Wednesday following a months-long probe.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_drugs.jpgSheriff’s Special Investigations Division agents arrested three from this residenceat 77 Madeline Lane, Autryville, Wednesday following a months-long probe.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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