Three people have been arrested on felony drug charges in separate cases — two on a laundry list of offenses totaling nearly 30 felony charges, another on felony offenses after deputies reportedly found him with drugs while investigation a robbery.
According to reports, Sampson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Tornado Lane into investigate a reported armed robbery on Monday. Upon arrival, they found Thomas Anthony Lamb Jr. and a pat-down for weapons revealed nearly 50 grams of marijuana — 1.76 ounces — and a small amount of cocaine was seized. in his possession, Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said.
Lamb, 27, whose listed address is 702 W. Main St., Clinton, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Bond set at $35,000 secured.
Smith said no robbery charges are pending, but the investigation is ongoing.
“A victim reports that the suspect robbed them of $200 worth of speakers,” Smith said.
In a separate arrest Monday, Katelynn Louise Hatcher, 27, of 5291 Hobbton Hwy., Clinton, received 20 drug-related charges in total, including 19 felonies.
She was taken into custody at a residence on King Road following a two-month investigation by the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division (SID) into complaints received on Hatcher.
Hatcher was charged with three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, three counts of dispensing medication without a license, two counts of maintaining a vehicle for the storage of a controlled substance, one count of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, two counts of trafficking opiates by possession, two counts of trafficking by selling, two counts of trafficking by delivering and two counts of trafficking by transport.
Additionally, she was charged with misdemeanor child abuse, selling a Schedule II controlled substance and delivering a Schedule II controlled substance.
Authorities reportedly seized 14 morphine pills, 12 oxycodone pills and 50 hydrocodone pills as part of the case.
Hatcher was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $175,000 secured bond.
Late last week, SID agents arrested Christopher Ray Byrd, 42, of 1801 Needmore Road, Turkey, following investigation into similar complaints. He was arrested at a Turkey Highway residence last Friday and received nine felony offenses.
Among them, Byrd was charged with conspiring to sell a Schedule II controlled substance, conspiring to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance.
Additionally, he received charges of trafficking opiates by possession, trafficking by selling and trafficking by delivering, as well as maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and dispensing medication without a license.
According to reports, 20 “dosage units” of opiates were seized as part of the case.
He was placed in the Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond.
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