Arrest in ID theft ring


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



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A Cumberland man arrested in a Budget Inn drug trafficking investigation at the beginning of this month has now received another trafficking offense, this one related to stolen identities — one of a dozen new felonies he is facing.

William Darrell Garner, 37, of 634 Harvey Dale Drive, Fayetteville, was charged with one count of trafficking stolen identities and 11 counts of identity theft, all felonies.

Lt. Marcus Smith said “more charges are possible” in the case, noting that Garner was charged in cases “related” to the ones in which Latesha Michelle Coxum, 29, was charged last week.

Both Garner and Coxum, of 100 Watson Lane, Clinton, were charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance in connection with a Feb. 5 bust at the Budget Inn in Clinton.

During that probe, deputies with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division, acting on tips, searched several rooms at the motel and subsequently seized approximately 61.4 grams of cocaine, 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, two oxycodone pills and a small amount of marijuana.

Garner and Coxum, who received the most serious charges in that case, were placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bonds apiece.

Coxum was subsequently charged with 11 counts of identity theft nearly two weeks later. On Tuesday, Garner joined her in receiving 12 felony charges, the 11 identity theft counts to go along with the trafficking stolen identities charge.

“An investigation discovered the person was in possession of numerous credit card numbers that did not belong to him,” Smith said of Garner. “As a result he was charged with felony trafficking in stolen identities related to the credit card numbers in his possession.”

Garner’s bond was set at $590,000 secured for those charges.

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By Chris Berendt

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