Three more Clinton residents have been caught up in a drug net lowered just over three weeks ago during simultaneous campaigns by city police and Sampson sheriff's investigators.
Two of those taken into custody were part of Sampson's Operation Double Tap; the third part of the city's own drug campaign, a culmination of a four-month undercover operation.
As the arrests grow, the long warrant lists shrink showing, law enforcement officials from both departments said, just how successful the two campaigns have been at taking suspected drug dealers off the streets.
In the city, a total of 30 warrants, totaling 114 charges, were drawn as part of their four-month campaign. Well over half of those individuals have now been taken into custody and charged. Police Chief Jay Tilley said officers were not letting up until the last of those individuals had been served.
In the county, around 100 people were on the initial warrant list for Double Tap, with a laundry list of charges totaling over 300. To date, Sampson Sheriff Jimmy Thorton said, around two-thirds of those have been arrested. And, like Tilley, Thornton said Special Investigation Division agents weren't letting up.
“Our intention is to get all of them,” Thornton said earlier this week. “This has been a very successful campaign and we hope it will take many of these repeat offenders off the street for a while.”
The latest names to be released in both campaigns are:
• Courtney Sheri Rhodes, 22, 8130 N. U.S. Hwy., Clinton, 1 count sell marijuana, 1 count deliver marijuana, 1 count possession with intent to sell, 1 count maintaining a vehicle for the sell of a controlled substance, 1 count possession with intent to deliver. Bond $40,000; court date Aug. 29.
• Sherry S. Hairr, 51, 108 Ross Rackley Lane, Clinton, 1 count sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, 1 count possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, 1 count maintain a vehicle for the sell of a controlled substance. Bond $20,000; no court date listed.
• Robert Earl Johnson, 34, 308 East Carter St., Clinton, 2 counts conspiracy to sell/deliver marijuana, 2 counts sell marijuana, 2 counts deliver marijuana, 2 counts possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, 1 count maintaining, selling, delivering and possessing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, 1 count maintaining, selling, delivering and possessing a controlled substance at a child care center.
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