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Michele Wills

Five suspects nabbed in three drug busts

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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Edgecombe County authorities arrested five suspected drug dealers during three recent investigations.

On Tuesday, detectives with the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and Tarboro Police Department set up a controlled buy of 105 percocet pills. The suspected dealer, Michele Wills, and Brandi Barfield, a passenger in her vehicle, were apprehended following the sale and the drug money was recovered from them while Wills’ Cadillac Escalade was seized and impounded. Police said Wills, 34, of Princeville also was charged in connection with a sale of 20 pills to a cooperating witness.

Wills was charged with six counts of trafficking opiates, three counts of maintaining a vehicle or a dwelling for the sale and storage of a controlled substance and one count each of manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance at a child care center and manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park. She was jailed in Edgecombe County under a $555,000 secured bond.

Barfield, 33, of Princeville, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to traffic opiates. She was jailed in Edgecombe County under a $225,000 secured bond.

On Aug. 27, investigators located a marijuana growing operation behind an Elm City residence on Wood Duck Road, where they said they seized nine marijuana plants ranging from two- to five-feet tall. James Randolph Glover, 47, was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, possession of marijuana and manufacturing marijuana. He was jailed in Edgecombe County under a $25,000 secured bond.

Also on Wednesday, detectives said they witnessed a cocaine sale at Conetoe Discount Store after which they followed the buyer, William Henry Jenkins, and conducted a traffic stop.

According to a press release, Jenkins attempted to conceal crack cocaine in his mouth but spit it out when ordered to by deputies. Officials also went to the Conetoe house of the suspected dealer and arrested Johnny James McKinney Jr.

Jenkins, 57, of Tarboro was charged with felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the sale or storage of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed in Edgecombe County under a $50,000 secured bond.

McKinney, 32, was charged with two counts each of sell or deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, maintaining a vehicle for the sale or storage of a controlled substance and one count each of felony possession of cocaine and manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park.

He was jailed in Edgecombe County under a $165,000 secured bond.

People are urged to call the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office at 641-7911 or the Tarboro Police Department at 641-4247 with any drug or crime information.