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City police operation nets drug suspects

 

Kimmie Evans is picked up city law enforcement officials on drug charges Wednesday during Lincolnton Police Department’s Operation “March Madness.”

Kimmie Evans is picked up city law enforcement officials on drug charges Wednesday during Lincolnton Police Department’s Operation “March Madness.”

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

More than half of the individuals targeted in this month’s Lincolnton Police Department drug roundup have been apprehended, investigators said.

The operation, called “March Madness,” got underway Wednesday as teams of officers from city police and two detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office scoured the area for 31 offenders accused of illegal activity inside Lincolnton in the fall.

All but one of the suspects have been charged with drug offenses.

Though included in the drug offender list, Nicole Woodcock Harkey, also known as “Sheila Nicole Woodcock,” police said, was served a warrant in the operation for obtaining property by false pretenses.

Undercover deals that police carried out for their first roundup effort of the year included a high number of prescription pill sales.

Pharmaceuticals such as hyrdrocodone, xanax, klonopin, ativan, oxycodone and subutex topped the drug list this time around, according to a department press release.

Additional controlled substances purchased and sold during covert police investigations last year included heroin, cocaine, marijuana and a designer drug known as molly.

Various news media outlets across the country have described the recently popularized club scene substance as similar to ecstasy.

“Molly is powdered ecstasy,” Lincolnton Police Lt. Brian Greene said. “It’s generally snorted whereas ecstasy is usually taken in pill form.”

Drug offenders named in “March Madness” were together accused of nearly 150 charges and all but two of them felonies, Greene said.

One of the suspects, Michael Hart, was already being held behind bars in the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, according to officers.

He was jailed in January for nonsupport by a parent, the CCSO website showed.

And for at least six of the individuals apprehended this week, drug offenses already dot their criminal records, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.

Police said Wednesday’s roundup was part of a number of smaller operations they plan to conduct each year to keep the county detention center from overcrowding.

It is the fifth effort of its kind carried out by the Lincolnton Police Department since 2011 and part of more than a dozen operations the agency has conducted since 2006, Greene said.

Law enforcement agencies in surrounding counties also assisted police Wednesday in handcuffing offenders living outside the county.

Officers said agencies included Gastonia Police Department and Gaffney Police Department along with sheriff’s offices in Catawba, Cleveland and Caldwell Counties.

Over the last three years, drug roundups conducted by city police and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have together exceeded more than 450 arrests.

The following people had been apprehended as of 6 p.m. Thursday:

  • Ronald Jarvis Thompson, 42, of 3903 Grange Rd. in Maiden was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine), sell/deliver crack cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $$9,999 bond was set.
  • Issac David Moose, aka “Russian Rocker,” 20, of 709 Melinda Ln. in Newton was charged with charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell/deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone / hydrochloride), possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and sell/deliver heroin. A $60,000 bond was set.
  • Cheryl Anne Elisabeth Bernardi, 25, of 4495 King Wilkinson Rd. in Lincolnton was charged with three counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) and sell/deliver cocaine, two counts of conspiring to sell/deliver cocaine and one count of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $70,000 bond was set.
  • Heather Nicole Sisk, 22, of 1456 Bess Chapel Church Rd. in Cherryville was charged with four counts each of trafficking opiates and conspiring to traffic opiates, two counts of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax) and sell/deliver xanax. A $115,000 bond was set.
  • Jordy Lamar Jefferies, aka “Da Noodles,” 27, of 205 Mauney Dr. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A $1,000 bond was set.
  • Kimberly Rose Evans, aka “Kimmie,” 48, of 391 Mooregate Ln. in Lincolnton was charged with two counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine), sell/deliver cocaine and conspiring to sell and deliver cocaine. Bond amount unknown.
  • Joshua Clinton Jones, 33, of 2502 Johnstown Rd. in Crouse was charged with four counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell/deliver marijuana and conspiring to traffic opiates. A $90,000 bond was set.
  • Brittney Nichole Revels, 33, of 903 Pinhook Loop Rd. in Gastonia was charged with four counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, conspiring to traffic opiates, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (klonopin), sell/deliver klonopin and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $110,000 bond was set.
  • Christopher Michael Schaller, 25, of 993 Wellman St. in Gastonia was charged with four counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, conspiring to traffic opiates, possession with a schedule IV controlled substance (klonopin), sell/deliver klonopin and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $110,000 bond was set.
  • Norma Jean Helms, 48, of 102 A St. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone), sell/deliver hydrocodone, sell/deliver klonopin, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (ativan), sell/deliver ativan and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $30,000 bond was set.
  • Sonya Joann Wilmoth, 34, of 6528 Todd Ln. in Denver was charged with one count each of trafficking opiates and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. A $55,000 bond was set.
  • Summer Leann Barrett, 24, 5790 Summer Ln. in Cherryville was charged with one count each of trafficking opiates, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance (liquid hydrocodone) and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. A $110,000 bond was set.
  • Michael Christopher Hart, 25, of 139 Ideal Dr. SE in Lenoir was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone) and sell/deliver oxycodone. Bond amount unknown.
  • Nicole Woodcock Harkey, aka “Sheila Nicole Woodcock,” 25, of 3030 Livingstone Trl. in Lincolnton was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. A $5,000 bond was set.
  • Benny Ervin Hall III, 28, of 710 S. “D” Ave. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine), sell/deliver cocaine and conspiring to sell and deliver cocaine. A $15,000 bond was set.
  • Karen Grant Byers, 42, of 727 Wilcox Ave., Lot 16, in Gaffney, S.C., was charged with three counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone), possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax), sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax) and conspiring to traffic opiates. A $75,000 bond was set.
  • Beverly Renee Manning, 29, of 727 Wilcox Ave., Lot 16, in Gaffney, S.C., was charged with one count each of three counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance (oxycodone), possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax), sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax) and conspiring to traffic opiates. A $75,000 bond was set.
  • William Jerome Wilson, aka “Rome,” 29, of 2 Cobb St. in Lincolnton was charged with two counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance (molly) and sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance (molly). A $20,000 secured bond was set.
  • Jarvis Lamont Jackson, 22, of 301 Old Tavern Ln. in Maiden was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell/deliver marijuana and conspiracy. An $8,000 bond was set.
  • Teron Thompson, 23, of 939 Car Farm Rd. in Lincolnton was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, sell/deliver crack cocaine and conspiracy. A $15,000 bond was set.

 

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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