Four more feel weight of Crush campaign
Myriad drug charges leveled as officers continue serving warrants
Sherry Matthews Editor
Four more Sampson residents were taken into custody Wednesday in connection with an ongoing county drug campaign, bringing the total now to 15 caught in Operation Candy Crush’s web.
Melissa Ann Hairr, 35, of 306 S. Church St., Roseboro; Jacqueline Shadell Harvey, 37, 432-D Royal Lane Apt.s, Clinton; Thomas Edward Jones, 33, 56 Garden Spot Lane, Autryville; and Tryone Demps, 20, 95 Markus Lane, Clinton are the latest individuals to be hauled in by Sampson sheriff’s officers in the campaign, which was initiated six months ago.
Hairr, also known as Melissa Ann Jernigan, was charged with sell of a Schedule II controlled substance, deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for a controlled substance, all felonies. She was jailed under a $30,000 bond and is expected to make her first appearance in Sampson County District Court Oct. 25.
Harvey, jailed under a $20,000 bond, was charged with sell of two counts each of sell of marijuana, deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling, all felonies. In addition she faces the felony offense of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Reports show 20.9 grams of marijuana was seized. She is expected to appear in District Court later today.
Jones faces felony charges of selling cocaine and delivery of cocaine. He was also jailed under a $20,000 bond with a court date scheduled for today.
Demps was charged with two felonies — sell of marijuana and delivery of marijuana and placed under a $6,000 bond. His first appearance in Sampson District Court is slated for Oct. 25.
Warrants have been secured for another 25 individuals in the Candy Crush operation and authorities are in the process of rounding those individuals up as well, Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said earlier in the week.
The operation, initiated some six months ago, targets illegal drug activity in the county and was, in many ways precipitated by complaints from citizens, a vital cog in law enforcement’s arsenal, Thornton often asserts.
He did so again this week at the onset of Crush arrests, noting how rampant drug activity is in this county and how important information from residents is in helping law enforcement get them off the streets.
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