FRANKLINTON -- Within a few hours, area agencies arrested a trio of suspects, including a man wanted for attempted first degree murder.
According to an arrest warrant, Henderson investigators allege Kyree Williams shot Robert Miles several times at close range during an incident in Henderson on Nov. 11.
The arrest came during a multi-agency criminal interdiction operation on U.S. 1 involving officers from Franklinton, Louisburg and Youngsville, and deputies from Franklin and Granville counties.
They were targeting aggressive driving, drug trafficking, and any other illegal activity coming along the U.S. 1 corridor on Dec. 23 when they came upon a vehicle with Williams.
Officers seized drugs and also discovered that Williams, 21, was wanted for an attempted first degree murder that occurred in Henderson in November.
"This type of operation is needed because the drug trade surrounding and within Franklin County is growing by leaps and bounds," said Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr., who helped coordinate the effort. "The drug trade leads to other crimes that local law enforcement officers are dealing with, such as shoplifting and home break-ins.
"Criminals take stolen items and trade them for drugs and prescription medication.
"But, we, as law enforcement professionals, must demonstrate that were able to come together to combat this increasing problem that is having negative effects in our community and society as a whole.
"Officers from different departments are able to share information relating to certain criminal and different crimes that we are all facing.
"Hopefully, this is just the start of more different activities to come to fight the criminal element within Franklinton and Franklin County."
Officers served Williams and arrested him on warrants for attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
He was also charged with failing to appear on Vance County charges of probation violation, breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property, and a Wake County charge of possession of drugs.
Franklin County charged him with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin and possession of heroin.
Williams is slated to appear in Franklin County District Court on the drug charges on Feb. 17.
He is slated to appear in Vance County District Court on the murder charge on Jan. 12.
The interdiction effort also led to the following arrests and charges:
• Brian L. Burton, 32, Henderson ($2,500 bond)
Possession of MDMA, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession of heroin, possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, and maintaining a vehicle for the sell or use of a controlled substance;
• Kacey Hicks, 30, Henderson ($100,000 bond)
Possession of MDMA, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession of heroin, possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, and maintaining a vehicle for the sell of use of a controlled substance;
• Salvatore A. Saccocciio, 24, Raleigh ($8,000 bond)
Three counts of simple possession of a Schedule II drug, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony possession of cocaine;
• Michael Miles, 21, Henderson ($1,000 bond)
Vance County order for arrest for driving while license revoked and having an expired registration.
At about the same time on Dec. 23, but the result of a different investigation, Franklinton police arrested a Vance County duo on charges of fraud and embezzlement.
According to Chief Green, officers responded to the Food Lion on U.S. 1 to assist the store's loss prevention staff with an investigation into allegations that an employee -- identified as Candice I. Crudup -- was cashing stolen checks.
During the investigation, Green said, the woman's husband and alleged accomplice, Timothy Nicholson, came into the store.
Nicholson took off running, but officers arrested him following a 10-minute foot chase, Green said.
According to authorities, Nicholson, 26, is alleged to have somehow got his hands on a checkbook that was reported stolen out of Nash County.
Investigators allege he used the checkbook at the Food Lion to buy small-ticket items and his wife, who was able to override notifications that the bank account was closed, would provide him with cash refunds on checks written for a higher amount than the merchandise.
They were both charged with 28 counts of forging and uttering checks.
Crudup, 26, was additionally charged with embezzlement.
Both are slated to appear in court on Feb. 10.