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Drug sweep nets 18 suspects

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BY COREY DAVIS
Staff Writer

Friday, June 22, 2018

NASHVILLE — Eighteen suspects will face federal prosecution after being arrested on outstanding federal charges in a coordinated warrant enforcement operation.

Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, returned to the Twin Counties on Thursday and held a press conference in the Nash County Board of Commissioners room at the Claude Mayo Jr. Administration building to discuss the capture of several federal drug and violent crime suspects.

In April, Higdon came to Rocky Mount to announce the “Take Back North Carolina Initiative,” which aims to have law enforcement agencies in the region in partnership with the district attorney’s office as well with state and federal law enforcement to combat violent and drug crimes in Eastern North Carolina.

Hidgon announced that several cocaine- and heroin-centered organized crime, drug enforcement task force and violent crime enforcement operations participated in the arrests of the 18 suspects. He added at least one suspect was found to be in custody of the state Department of Corrections and also will face federal prosecution. In addition, 13 suspects were arrested on outstanding state charges in connection with the operation.

Hidgon said the operation resulted in the seizure of 30 bricks of heroin, 2.78 kilograms of marijuana, 2.17 kilograms of powder cocaine, 144 grams of crack cocaine, 12 firearms, more than $48,000 in cash and one vehicle.

The law enforcement operation agencies participating in the operation included the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mount Police Department, Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, Tarboro Police Department, Nashville Police Department, Spring Hope Police Department, Wilson Police Department, Greenville Police Department and Greenville Regional Drug Task Force. 

Hidgon said the charges contained in the indictments are accusations and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guility in a court of law. 

“We have charged the most serious and readily criminal defense that the attorney general has required us to do,” he said. “Also, for those offenders that choose to plead guilty, we will push for the pleas to be most serious and readily criminal defense. We want those defendants to cooperate against other defendants, but only if it’s true and correct information.”

Hidgon said the suspects collectively have past criminal histories that include 30 convictions for drug offenses, at least four convictions of fleeing and eluding, four convictions of robbery, four convictions of resisting a public officer, two convictions of  voluntary manslaughter, two convictions of  carrying a concealed weapon, two convictions for possession of stolen goods, one conviction of larceny, one conviction of  obstruction of justice, one conviction for possession of a stolen firearm and dozens of misdemeanor charges.

“These offenders have troubled criminal histories — that confirms to me they have been key to the drug and violent crime problems in these areas for some time,” Hidgon said.

The following suspects were arrested:

■ Marquavious Harold Carr, 29, of Elm City, charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams of more of heroin, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and a quantity of cocaine and marijuana;

■ Angelo McKinley Cooper, 29, of Rocky Mount, charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and felon in possession of a firearm;

■ Ronnie Renault Foreman, 39, of Greenville, charged with felon in possession of a firearm and aiding and abetting;

■ Terance Earl Foreman, 33, of Greenville, charged with felon in possession of a firearm and aiding and abetting;

■ Cohn Deangelo Hinton, 48, of Rocky Mount, charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana;

■ Keyonta Tarezze Langley, 30, of Greenville, charged with felon in possession of a firearm;

■ De’Andre Anthony Lucas, 28, of Wilson, charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute crack and heroin;

■ Shaquandra McAllister, 28, of Wilson, charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and a quantity of cocaine and heroin;

■ Marquice Quashawn McCoy, 30, of Rocky Mount, charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack and heroin;

■ Trawn Joval Rodgers, 30 of Greenville, charged with distribution of cocaine;

■ Kendrick Dequan Rogers, 25, of Raleigh, charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, 100 grams or more of heroin and marijuana;

■ Travis Kwymaine Ruffin, 28, of Wilson, charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin;

■ Michael Speight, 26, of Elm City, charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine;

■ Rodney Durrell Thomas, 20, of Elm City, charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and a quantity of cocaine and marijuana;

■ Monte Marquis Thorne, 42, of Rocky Mount, charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and felon in possession of a firearm;

■ Brendon Rashad White, 20 of Wilson, charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana;

■ Jazmein Jaquae Wiggins, 39, of Rocky Mount, charged with felon in possession of a firearm and ammuntion;

■ Marcus Antwan Wiley, 29, of Elm City, charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

 

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