Investigative work by Rocky Mount police has led to the arrest of 18 suspects.

The Rocky Mount Police Department’s Special Operations Division conducted numerous narcotics investigations over the past several months, police Cpl. Ricky Jackson said in a recent news release. As a result of the investigations, Operation Fresh Start led to the arrest of 18 suspects for a variety of drug-related offenses, Jackson said.

Police Chief Robert Hassell said such operations require the work and input of people in the community as well as police officers.

“These arrests are the result of citizen complaints, tips and a lot of outstanding investigative work by the Rocky Mount Police Department’s Special Operations Division,” Hassell said.

The new police chief said he also appreciates the assistance of others in the law enforcement community.


“I appreciate the assistance of our law enforcement partners who participated in the apprehension of these individuals,” Hassel said. “Illegal drug activities and sales negatively affect our community. The Rocky Mount Police Department will continue efforts to make our streets and communities safer.”

The following people were arrested and charged during Operation Fresh Start:

  • Brittany Cole was charged with possession of heroin, felony breaking and entering, assault and battery and probation violation.
  • Larry Darnell Draughn was charged with possession of cocaine.
  • Lacy Gonzalez was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
  • Anthony Blake Hardy was charged with trafficking heroin.
  • Jamar Anthony Hedgepeth was charged with sell/deliver methamphetamine.
  • Heather Hucks was charged with possession of cocaine.
  • Arthur Maurice James was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.
  • Yasisn Nasir Jones was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession of heroin, maintaining a dwelling place for controlled substance and conspiracy.
  • Antoine Markee Mitchell was charged with four counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.
  • Amanda Overton was charged with possession of cocaine.
  • Jalen Peace was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance.
  • Stephen Craig Pendergrass was charged with possession of heroin.
  • Williams Thomas Pridgen was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin.
  • Lennon Fay Reaves was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.
  • Deloris Speight was charged with sell/deliver heroin.
  • Timothy Thomas was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine.
  • Justin Vester was charged with possession of heroin.
  • Timothy Young was charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, a maintaining a dwelling place for controlled substance and conspiracy.

The suspects were arrested with the assistance of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Nashville Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Law enforcement officials also executed a search warrant in the 300 block of South Tillery Street, seizing over 147 grams of marijuana and crack cocaine. During the execution of the warrant, the suspect, Dangelo Williams, 30, was not at the residence. However, warrants for him were obtained for possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, possession of cocaine, maintaining a dwelling place for controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.