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Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News Jessica Lynn Clark hides her face as she and Leo Patrick Robinson prepare to board an inmate transport vehicle on Thursday morning after the two were arrested by the Lincolnton Police Department for unrelated drug offenses during a citywide drug offender roundup named Operation Rock Bottom.

Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News
Jessica Lynn Clark hides her face as she and Leo Patrick Robinson prepare to board an inmate transport vehicle on Thursday morning after the two were arrested by the Lincolnton Police Department for unrelated drug offenses during a citywide drug offender roundup named Operation Rock Bottom.

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

While roads were empty and most residents remained nestled in their beds Thursday morning, Lincolnton Police prowled throughout town rounding up nearly 30 suspects accused of more than 120 felony drug-related charges.

Operation “Rock Bottom” commenced at 6 a.m. following an officer briefing at police headquarters.

Police said they named the initiative after one of the agency’s two narcotics investigators, Dwayne “Rock” McAllister, who contributed numerous hours of prep work for the operation from November through February.

Detective Sgt. Jason Munday served as the department’s initial drug officer until police expanded the division the end of last year to include McAllister, formerly an officer with the three-member criminal investigations division.

Unit head, Lt. Brian Greene, told the Times-News the agency secured arrest warrants for 26 individuals, most of whom abused prescription drugs.

Chief Rodney Jordan was also on-hand Thursday, assisting his men in handcuffing the alleged criminals. He noted abuse of pharmaceuticals is a common practice these days.

“It seems to be a trend,” he said.

According to an agency press release, the top abused prescription pills officers spotted during undercover drug transactions this time around included oxycodone, hydrocodone, percocet, soma, xanax and suboxone.

Jordan advised area residents to rid their homes of out-of-date prescription pills or ones no longer being used by doctors’ orders and prevent friends and other family members within the home from potentially abusing them.

People can anonymously drop off pills, and other medical-related items such as syringes and ointments, during the week at a drop box located at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

“That’s how it starts — with prescription pills lying around the house,” Jordan said.

Additional charges filed against the operation’s alleged offenders ranged from trafficking to selling and delivering controlled substances such as marijuana and crack cocaine.

The Times-News rode along with detectives and other officers during part of the initiative, picking up five people among stops at a Keener Road residence, an apartment complex on Mauney Drive and Hillcrest Apartments on East Main Street.

By 9 a.m., at least 16 individuals had already been hauled off to the county Magistrate’s Office before heading to jail. As of late Thursday night, 21 suspects had been apprehended, including two suspects officers picked up on non-drug-related drugs.

Police confirmed in the release that they try to use their roundups to seek out individuals wanted on various charges.

Two warrants, one each for failure to appear and a revoked license, were served on a man whom Greene said went to jail with at least one family member who had been charged in the operation for drug use.

Sheriff’s detectives and detention officers aided police in the agency’s first roundup of 2013.

In past years, Lincolnton Police have conducted similar operations including “Early Christmas” in November and “16 Days of Christmas” in 2011. Between the two holiday roundups, officers said they put nearly 160 people behind bars.

The following individuals have been apprehended in the operation:

  • Aimee Dawn Turner, 40, of 214 Rock Creek Dr. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule II controlled substance, sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $25,000 bond was set.
  • Christy Diann Eakes, 31, of 2679 Keener Rd. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule III controlled substance, sell/deliver a schedule III controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. A $25,000 bond was set.
  • Steven Lester Skeens, 34, of 890 Baxter Rd. in Cherryville was charged with one count each of trafficking in an opiate by possession, trafficking in an opiate by selling, trafficking in an opiate by delivering, trafficking in an opiate by transport, conspiring to traffic in an opiate by possession, conspiring to traffic in an opiate by selling, conspiring to traffic in an opiate by delivering, conspiring to traffic in an opiate transport, possession with intent to sell and distribute hydrocodone. Skeens is currently being held in the Department of Corrections.
  • Macy Jordan Walker, 19, of 214 Rock Creek Dr. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule II controlled substance, sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. A $20,000 bond was set.
  • Dejuane Marquette Banks, 38, of 120 Davis St. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana, sell/deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for marijuana. A $30,000 bond was set.
  • Dawn Marie Knott, 44, of 2692 Hopewell Ch. Rd. in Sherrills Ford was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule II controlled substance and sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance. A $25,000 bond was set.
  • Tamara Denton Cline, 42, of 107 Hillcrest Dr. in Lincolnton was charged with two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. A $50,000 bond was set.
  • Jessica Lynn Clark, 22, of 108 Mauney Dr. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of trafficking in an opiate by possession, trafficking in an opiate by selling, trafficking in an opiate by delivering and trafficking in an opiate by transport, conspiring to traffic in an opiate, possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule III controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $60,000 bond was set.
  • Marcus Justin Ramseur, 25, of 108 Mauney Dr. in Lincolnton was charged with seven counts each of trafficking in an opiate by selling, trafficking in an opiate by possession and trafficking in an opiate by delivering; four counts of trafficking in an opiate by transport; one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule II controlled substance and conspiring to traffic in an opiate. A $50,000 bond was set.
  • Jason Nycoy Hawkins, 32, of 109 Hubbard St. in Lincolnton was charged with three counts each of trafficking in an opiate by possession, trafficking in an opiate by selling and trafficking in an opiate by delivering; one count each of conspiring to traffic in an opiate and possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule III controlled substance. A $75,000 bond was set.
  • William Perry Walton, 31, of 1014 Catawba St. in Lincolnton was charged with two counts each of possession with intent to sell and distribute crack cocaine, sell/deliver crack cocaine and conspiring to sell/deliver crack cocaine along with one count of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. A $50,000 bond was set.
  • Leo Patrick Robinson, 53, of 1117 E. Gaston St. in Lincolnton was charged with two counts each of possession with intent to sell and distribute crack cocaine, sell/deliver crack cocaine and conspiring to sell/deliver crack cocaine along with one count of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. A $20,000 bond was set.
  • James Wayne Haynes, 24, of 1124 Rosehill Dr. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule II controlled substance, sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance and conspiring to sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance. A $25,000 bond was set.
  • Jonathan Wesley Herder, 59, of 315 E. Hoke St. in Lincolnton was charged with one count of possession of crack cocaine. A $5,000 bond was set.
  • Joey Steven Clippard, 31, of 3316 Loop Rd. in Lincolnton was charged with three counts each of possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana and sell/deliver marijuana; four counts each of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, trafficking in an opiate by possession, trafficking in an opiate by transport, trafficking in an opiate by selling and trafficking in an opiate by delivering; one count of possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule II controlled substance. A $100,000 bond was set.
  • Brandon Lee Friday, 22, of 719 E. Sycamore St. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute counterfeit controlled substances and sell/deliver counterfeit controlled substances. A $20,000 bond was set.
  • Scottie Lee Turner, whose age is unknown, of 214 Rock Creek Dr. in Lincolnton was charged with failure to appear for one count of seat belt law violation and failure to appear for one count of driving while license revoked. A $500 bond was set.
  • Leadeanna Monte McGill, 25, of 732 E. Pine St. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute crack cocaine and sell/deliver crack cocaine. A $25,000 bond was set.
  • Christopher Lee Schronce, 38, of 656 S. Grove St. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute crack cocaine and sell/deliver crack cocaine. A $20,000 bond was set.
  • Pamela Carpenter Mixon, 46, of 4500 Ritchie Rd. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute methamphetamine, sell/deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $50,000 bond was set.
  • Daniel Clifford Mixon, 40, of 4500 Ritchie Rd. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute methamphetamine, sell/deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $25,000 bond was set.
  • The following individuals remain at large:
  • Susan Tench Fitzgerald, 51, of 1828 Fitzgerald Stowe Ln. in Lincolnton is wanted on one count each of sell/deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule IV controlled substance and sell/deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.
  • Charles Montgomery Fitzgerald, 56, of 1780 Fitzgerald Stowe Ln. in Lincolnton is wanted on one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute methamphetamine, sell/deliver methamphetamine, conspiring to sell/deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
  • Yolanda Sherlette Wilson, 32, of 1114 Lincoln St. in Lincolnton is wanted on two counts each of possession with intent to sell and distribute crack cocaine, sell/deliver crack cocaine and conspiring to sell/deliver crack cocaine.
  • Christopher Scott Lail, 25, of 572 Calvary Ch. Rd. in Lincolnton is wanted on one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule II controlled substance, sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance and conspiring to sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance.
  • Reba Shandel Gammons, 21, of 3814 Duckworth Carpenter Rd. in Vale is wanted on one count each of possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule II controlled substance, sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance and conspiring to sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance.
  • Rita Ann Powell, 58, of 352 Buffalo Shoals Rd. in Lincolnton is wanted on two counts each of possession with intent to sell and distribute a schedule II controlled substance and sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance along with one count of conspiring to sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

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