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10 arrested in 'operation tip line' drug sting

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A majority of the 10 suspects arrested in a drug sting are slated to appear in court later this month.

The Franklin County sheriff's office teamed up with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the state alcohol law enforcement branch of the State Bureau of Investigation and officers with Louisburg and Henderson police departments to arrest suspects from Louisburg, Franklinton, Youngsville and the areas of Kittrell, Zebulon and Wake Forest.

In all, 62 drug charges were levied during operation tip line, which culminated late last week -- a result of residents complaining about drug activity taking place in their neighborhoods.

"Operation 'tip line' is a great example of how information is received from the public, analyzed and then used in intelligence-driven investigations," said Sheriff Kent Winstead.

"These arrests complement our drug enforcement strategy of addressing both short term and long-term investigations that meet the needs of particular communities within our county," he said. "Citizen-provided information continues to be instrumental to our overall drug enforcement strategy in Franklin County."

As part of the investigation, narcotics officers substantiated the tips and, during several months, made purchases of controlled substances from these individuals.

During operation "tip line," heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills were purchased and seized.

The following individuals were arrested and charged:

• Kamia Oshea Jones, 21, of Zebulon, was charged with three counts of selling cocaine, three counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and three counts of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling cocaine. She was placed in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond;

She is slated to appear in court on Aug. 28.

• Travis Wesley Jones, 38, of Bunn was charged with two counts of selling cocaine, two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and two counts of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling cocaine.

He is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond. Jones had a July 30 initial court date. It was not clear when he would next appear in court;

• Jerrick Lemont Ellis, 39, of Zebulon, was charged with three counts of selling cocaine, three counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, three counts of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling cocaine, and three counts of possession of cocaine.

Ellis is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond. He had an initial July 30 court date. It was not clear when he would next appear in court;

• David Sidney Smith, 23, of Louisburg, was charged with one count of selling heroin, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, and one count of maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling heroin.

Smith is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond. He is slated to appear in court on Aug. 28;

• Anthony Callie Proctor, 39, of Zebulon, was charged with three counts of selling marijuana, three counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and three counts of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling marijuana.

He was placed in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. Proctor was to appear in court on Aug. 28;

• Thomas Joseph Wilkins, 22, of Youngsville, was charged with two counts of selling marijuana, two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and one count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling marijuana. Wilkins was being held in lieu of a $40,000 bond.

He had an initial court appearance of July 30. It was not clear when he would next appear in court;

• Shawn Andre Alston, 45, of Kittrell, was charged with three counts of selling cocaine, three counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, three counts of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling cocaine, one count of possession of heroin, one count of possession of cocaine, resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer, and simple possession of marijuana.

He was being held in lieu of a $155,000 bond. Alston had an initial July 30 appearance. It was not clear when he would next appear in court;

• Julia Jones Tharrington, 58, of Wake Forest, was charged with one count of selling and delivering heroin, one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, and one count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling heroin.

She was being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond. She has an Aug. 7 court date;

• Timothy Mark Shearin, 48, of Louisburg, was charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin, and one count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance.

He was placed in jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond. He has an Aug. 7 court date.

• Donathan Domica Perry, 41, of Franklinton, was charged with four counts of trafficking opium or heroin, and one count of maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling a controlled substance.

Perry was placed in jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Perry is slated to appear in court on Aug. 7.


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