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A suspect is loaded into an inmate transport van after the Lincolnton Police Department ‘Operation Summertime Sweep’ roundup.

A suspect is loaded into an inmate transport van after the Lincolnton Police Department ‘Operation Summertime Sweep’ roundup.

Early morning raids across city target suspected drug dealers

ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer

The Lincolnton Police Department took to the streets bright and early on Wednesday for Operation Summertime Sweep, a round up of alleged drug offenders.
The operation was the result of over nine months of investigation on the part of Lincolnton Police Department narcotics investigators Detective Dwayne McAllister and Detective Dennis Harris, which included undercover operations and prescription narcotics diversions. Warrants were issued for 40 suspects with a total of 152 felony and five misdemeanor drug charges, including selling, delivering, trafficking and possession of various forms of controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and several prescription narcotics.
Beginning at 5:30 a.m., the round up was carried out by members of the Lincolnton Police Department administration, narcotics division, patrol division, criminal investigations division, crime prevention division and reserve officers.
Lincolnton partnered with neighboring police departments like Gaston, Charlotte Mecklenburg and High Point, as well as the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, in order to apprehend offenders that may have been out of the county. Members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detention center and the patrol division were on hand to assist with suspect transport.
Operation Summertime Sweep is the eighth narcotics roundup for the Lincolnton Police Department since June 2009, according to a press release. Over the course of the last five years, the Lincolnton Police Department said it has apprehended 400 narcotics suspects, including 99 suspects in the largest roundup in Lincoln County history in December of 2011.
Many arrests are the result of information provided by citizens to the Lincolnton Police Department or through Lincoln County CrimeStoppers.
Chief Rodney Jordan of the Lincolnton Police Department actively participated in assisting with the round-up and was pleased with the over all success of Operation Summertime Sweep.
“Any operation where we can make drug arrests is successful,” Jordan said. “Whether we get them all the same day or it takes a couple days or a week, we just want to continue to make Lincolnton a safe place to live and work and I think that between what we and the (Lincoln County) Sheriff’s Department are doing, we send a pretty clear message that drugs aren’t welcome in Lincolnton or Lincoln County.”
As of press time, around 13 people originally wanted in connection with Operation Summertime Sweep were still at large.

The following suspects were apprehended in the roundup:
Alan Gregory Moore, 51, of 505 South Cedar Street in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with two felony counts each possession with intent to sell or distribute crack cocaine, sell/deliver crack cocaine and maintaining a vehicle. A $40,000 bond was set.
Billy Ray Tilley, 39, of 2220 Withers Road in Maiden was charged July 30 with four felony counts of trafficking opiates, and one felony count each possession with intent to sell or distribute a schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or distribute heroin, sell/deliver heroin, two counts maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and two counts conspiracy. A $100,000 secured bond was set.
Johnny Wayne Kirkland, 46, 215 Island Ford Road in Maiden was charged July 30 with two felony counts each possession with intent to sell or distribute meth, sell/deliver meth, conspiracy, maintaining a vehicle, possession with intent to sell or distribute heroin, sell/deliver heroin, and conspiracy. A $60,000 secured bond was set.
James Milton Poston, 51, of 806 E Sumner Street in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with one felony count each possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule III, sell/deliver schedule III, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or distribute crack cocaine, sell/deliver crack cocaine, conspiracy. A $40,000 secured bond was set.
Ronka Ahmed Sowell, 44, of 200 Hubbard Street was charged July 30 with three felony counts each possession with intent to sell or distribute crack cocaine, sell/deliver crack cocaine, conspiracy to sell/ deliver and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. An $80,000 secured bond was set.
Edwin Jerome Hopper Jr, 23, of 111 Guernsey Court in Dallas was charged July 30 with three felony counts each possession with intent to sell or distribute crack cocaine and sell/deliver crack cocaine. A $150,000 secured bond was set.
Benny Lee Stansford, 41, of 1129 Lincoln Street in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with one felony count obtaining property by false pretense. A $15,000 secured bond was set.
Connie Holshouser Rikard, 50, of 1826 North College Avenue in Maiden was charged July 30 with one felony count each possession with intent to sell or distribute heroin, sell/deliver heroin, conspiracy and maintaining a vehicle. A $50,000 secured bond was set.
Linda Gail Webb, 61, of 1513 West Davidson Avenue in Gastonia was charged July 30 with one felony count each possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule II, sell/deliver schedule II and maintaining a vehicle. A $50,000 secured bond was set.
Leo Patrick Robinson, 53, of 1117 East Gaston Street in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with two felony counts each possession with intent to sell or distribute crack cocaine, sell/ deliver crack cocaine and one felony count conspiracy. A $100,000 bond was set.
Dalton Shane Mashburn, 17, 734 Spring Creek Drive in Iron Station was charged July 30 with one felony count each possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule II, sell/deliver schedule II, and conspiracy. A $50,000 secured bond was set.
Eva Greeson Hill, 51, of 453 South Hwy 16 in Stanley was charged July 30 with one felony count each attempting to obtain controlled substance by fraud and trafficking opiate. A $20,000 secured bond was set.
Billy Ray Putnam Jr, 36, of 3381 Loop Road in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with one felony count each attempting to obtain controlled substance by fraud and trafficking opiate. An $80,000 bond was set.
Anita Nicole Holley, 30, of 3 Cobb Street in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with three felony counts each possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule II, sell/deliver schedule II and maintaining a dwelling. A $60,000 secured bond was set.
Michael Anthony Collins, 50, address unknown, was charged July 30 with three counts felony trafficking opiates and one felony count possession with intent to sell and distribute. A $50,000 secured bond was set.
Deante Jerome Sowell, 21, of 200 Hubbard Street in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with one felony count each possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana and sell/deliver marijuana. A $20,000 secured bond was set.
Tina Marie Franklin, 35, of 1849 Bill Lynch Road in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with one felony count each obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and trafficking opiates. A $50,000 secured bond was set.
Lisa Frye Crump, 46, or 1849 Bill Lynch Road in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with one felony count each obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and trafficking opiates. A $60,000 secured bond was set.
Jennifer Lynn Dewitt Tilley, 36, of 2220 Withers Road in Maiden was charged July 30 with four felony counts trafficking opiates, and one count each possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule III, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and conspiracy. An $80,000 secured bond was set.
Richard Mason Aderhold, 44, of 107 Rock Creek Drive in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with two felony counts each possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana, sell/deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle. A $100,000 secured bond was set.
Dennis Edward Izard Jr., 21, of 7616 Lingerfelt Road in Vale was charged July 30 with one felony count each possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana, sell/deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle. A $5,000 secured bond was set.
Deborah Jane Kennedy, 53, of 3153 Loop Road in Lincolnton was charged July 30 with one felony count of trafficking opiates and one misdemeanor count larceny. A $15,000 secured bond was set.
Ashley Rayshawn Neal, 30, of 110 Pink Street in Cherryville was charged July 30 with one felony count each possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana, possession with intent to sell or distribute schedule II and maintaining a vehicle. A $9,000 secured bond was set.
Olin Mike Gonzalez,32, of 6714 Clyde Wehunt Road in Cherryville was charged July 30 with one count each possession of a controlled substance with intent o manufacture schedule III, conspiracy, maintaining dwelling or vehicle for controlled substance and sell/deliver controlled substance schedule III. A $20,000 secured bond was set.

TOP (from left): Anthony Saunders, Connie Rickard, Randy Rinck, Jr, Anita Holly, Lisa Crump, Richard Aderhold Johnny Kirkland, Billy Tilley, Alan Moore, Jennifer Tilley, Linda Webb, James Poston. BOTTOM (from left): Ronka Sowell, Deante Sowell, Luis Perez, Leo Robinson, Eva Hill, Tina Franklin, Michael Collins, Billy Putnam, Dalton Mashburn, Edwin Hopper, Benny Stansford.

TOP (from left): Anthony Saunders, Connie Rickard, Randy Rinck, Jr, Anita Holly, Lisa Crump, Richard Aderhold Johnny Kirkland, Billy Tilley, Alan Moore, Jennifer Tilley, Linda Webb, James Poston. BOTTOM (from left): Ronka Sowell, Deante Sowell, Luis Perez, Leo Robinson, Eva Hill, Tina Franklin, Michael Collins, Billy Putnam, Dalton Mashburn, Edwin Hopper, Benny Stansford.

Images courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News and Contributed

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