‘Dirty South’ makes sizable dent in Sampson drug dealing


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



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A massive amount of felony arrests — nearly 40 and counting — have been made as part of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office “Dirty South” campaign, targeting “an overwhelming number of drug complaints” originating mainly in the southern end of the county.

Early this year, investigators with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division started a campaign in an answer to those complaints, dubbing the operation “Dirty South” due to its geographic focus. The operation closed in on street-level drug sales of marijuana, cocaine, meth and opiates.

On Nov. 19, investigators began making their first of numerous drug arrests from the campaign. To date, nearly 40 suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with the “Dirty South” campaign and numerous more arrests will be made in the coming weeks, sheriff’s officials stated.

“I applaud the efforts and hard work of the Special Investigations Division in this drug campaign,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton stated. “The dedication that these officers have to serving their community is second to none. These arrests should send a strong and clear message to those who choose to deal drugs in Sampson County that they need to find another occupation or they’re going to end up in our jail.”

Those arrested as part of the campaign received bonds that ranged from a low of $10,000 and a high of $840,000, most being somewhere between $70,000 and $300,000.

The laundry list of “Dirty South” suspects includes the following:

• Rodney Dolberry, 47, of 9910 Garland Hwy., Clinton, was charged with maintaining a dwelling, dispensing medication without a license and selling cocaine. Bond set at $200,000.

• Ernest Blowe, 51, of 266 Melbrook Road, Clinton, was charged with sale and delivery of cocaine and conspiring to sell cocaine. Bond set at $75,000.

• Frank Tatum Jr., 36, of 1357 Bill Town Road, Rosehill, was charged with conspiring to sell and deliver a Schedule II, dispensing medication without a license and trafficking opium or heroin. Bond set at $60,000.

• Steven Prentice Williams, 22, of 504 Ferrell St., Clinton, was charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, selling a Schedule II, delivering a Schedule II, possession of a Schedule II and manufacturing, selling and delivering a controlled substance at a child care center. Bond set at $75,000.

• Jaffa McKoy, 37, of 9151 Garland Hwy., Clinton, was charged with sell and delivering cocaine. Bond set at $75,000.

• Antonio McNeil, 31, of 156 Romay McKoy Lane, Delway, was charged with trafficking opium and dispensing medication without a license. Bond set at $240,000.

• Jessie Henry, 25, of 469 Ezzell Road, Clinton, was charged with selling cocaine, delivering cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for cocaine. Bond set at $100,000.

• Lynn George King, 68, of 1446 Belvin Maynard Road, Clinton, was charged with maintaining a dwelling, dispensing medication without a license and trafficking heroin. Bond set at $75,000.

• Cedric James Duncan, 33, of 213 Ellen St., Clinton, was charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, selling and delivering cocaine and selling and delivering marijuana. Bond set at $850,000.

• Tayaka James, 32, of 203 E. Carter St., Clinton, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver Schedule II, conspiring to sell Schedule II and dispensing medication without a license. Bond set at $175,000.

• Shawn Moore, 21, of 80 Parkview Road, Clinton, was charged with selling and delivering counterfeit controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance and conspiracy. Bond set at $175,000.

• Porteal Thorpe, 21, of 121 Browns Church Road, Clinton, was charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Bond set at $60,000.

• Jackie Cromartie, 57, of 3180 Lamb Road, Garland, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver Schedule II, selling of Schedule II and selling cocaine. Bond set at $200,000.

• Patricia Dorton, 52, of 1791 Taylors Bridge Hwy., Clinton, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule II, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, dispensing medication without a license, contributing to delinquency of minor and trafficking opium and heroin. Bond set at $75,000.

• Jimmy Lee Howard Jr., 39, of 430-B Royal Lane, Clinton, was charged with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver Schedule II and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. Bond set at $140,000.

• Johnny Fennell, 48, of 174 Maddie Lane, Harrells, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule II and Trafficking Opium. Bond set at $150,000.

• Betty Tatum, 60, of 1357 Bill Town Road, Rosehill, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule II, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, selling Schedule II, trafficking opium and conspiring to traffic opium or heroin. Bond set at $105,000.

• Christian Hatcher, 26, of 950 Bell Woods Road, Clinton, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver meth, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and selling and delivering cocaine. Bond set at $200,000.

• Beverly Golder, 59, of 69 Old U.S. 701 Hwy., Clinton, was charged with trafficking opium. Bond set at $200,000.

• Amie Phillips, 32, of 1791 Taylors Bridge Road, Clinton, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, dispensing medication without a license and trafficking opium or heroin. Bond set at $15,000.

• David Stuart, 29, of 10190 Minnie Hall Road, Salemburg, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver meth, selling meth and delivering meth. Bond set at $150,000.

• Elizabeth Finnicum, 26, of 230 Westbrook Road, Clinton, was charged with selling meth, delivering meth and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver meth. Bond set at $175,000.

• Andrew Harrell, 27, of 895 Hayne Stretch Road, Roseboro, was charged with simple possession of Schedule II controlled substance, conspiring to deliver meth and conspiring to sell and deliver Schedule II controlled substance. Bond set at $150,000.

• Kendra Gainey, 34, of 1532 Cartertown Road, Clinton, was charged with dispensing medication without a license, conspiring to sell and deliver Schedule II and selling Schedule II controlled substance. Bond set at $210,000.

• Tiffany Harrell, 21, of 105 Cotton Lane, Clinton, was charged with conspiring to sell meth and conspire to sell and deliver Schedule II controlled substance. Bond set at $21,500.

• Allen Jones, 31, of 691 Claude Scott Road, Warsaw, was charged with conspiring to sell meth, conspiring to deliver meth, selling meth, delivering meth and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver meth. Bond set at $120,000.

• Eric Smith, 46, of 113 Hill Circle Road, Garland, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Bond set at $300,000.

• Jabarr Rudolph, 36, of 11286 Garland Hwy., Garland, was charged with selling and delivering heroin and possession of heroin. Bond set at $70,000.

• Anthony Davis, 25, of 6875 Ebenezer Forest Road, Clinton, was charged with selling marijuana and delivering marijuana. Bond set at $425,000.

• Cody Wiley, 19, of 116 Underwood St., Clinton, was charged with selling and delivering Schedule II controlled substance, conspiring to deliver Schedule II, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule II and dispensing medication without a license. Bond set at $10,000.

• Antonio McKoy, 29, of 12090 Old Mintz Hwy., Garland, was charged with trafficking cocaine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and selling and delivering cocaine. Bond set at $150,000.

• Marion Carr, 35, of 194 Center St., Garland, was charged with selling cocaine, delivering cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, selling marijuana, delivering marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Bond set at $225,000.

• Robert Lucas, 39, of 4971 North Salemburg Hwy., Salemburg, was charged with conspiring to sell and deliver Schedule II. Bond set at $10,000.

• Jessie Henry, 25, of 469 Ezzell Road, Clinton, was charged with trafficking opium and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond set at $100,000.

• Micaela Meade, 28, of 6720 Shad Court, Stedman, was charged with conspiring to sell and deliver Schedule II, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule II and selling Schedule II. Bond set at $20,000.

• Rhonda Cohen, 40, of 62 Diana Lane, Salemburg, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, selling cocaine and delivering cocaine. Bond set at $15,000.

• Brandon Hall, 26, of 659 Sharecake Rd., Clinton, was charged with trafficking opiates by sale, trafficking opiates by delivery and trafficking opiates by transport. Bond set at $150,000.

• Stephanie Melvin, 29, of 12634 Taylors Bridge Hwy., Clinton, was charged with trafficking opiates by sale, trafficking opiates by delivery and trafficking opiates by transport. Bond set at $100,000.

• Robert Register, 23, of 1077 Browns Church Road, Clinton, was charged with selling meth, delivering meth and possession with intent to sell and deliver meth. Bond set at $17,500.

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

By Chris Berendt

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