"Operation Spotlight" lands seven more suspected dealers in jail

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Seven more people have been arrested in an undercover drug operation in two Eastern Carolina counties.

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office says so far "Operation Spotlight" has netted 71 arrests.

The roundup began last fall, targeting mid-to-high-level drug dealers in Carteret and Craven counties. It's been a joint effort between Carteret County deputies and officers from Morehead City and Havelock.

Those arrested in the eighth round in "Operation Spotlight" are:

James Baker, 54, Beaufort, NC
Bond: $1.5 million secured
Three counts of trafficking opium and one count of maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of a controlled substance.

Joshua Blondin, 28, Newport, NC
Bond: $1 million secured
Three counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count each of possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, possession with the intent to sell and deliver MDA/MDMA, possession with the intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of a controlled substance, possession of firearm by felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dylan Elliott, 28, Morehead City, NC
Bond: No Bond
One count each of possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession with the intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, felony flee and elude arrest with motor vehicle, harboring a fugitive, resisting public officer, felony probation violation and failure to appear for misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Brianna Harris, 22, Morehead City, NC
Bond: $5,000 secured
Two counts each of possession with the intent to sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance, selling a schedule I controlled substance, and delivery of a schedule I controlled substance.

Alexandra Owen, 22, Havelock, NC
Bond: $30,000 secured
One count each of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, conspiracy to sell cocaine, and possession with the intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a child care center.

Thomas Richards, 64, New Bern, NC
Bond: $75,000 secured
Two counts of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, and one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine.

Daniel Sangabriel, 29, Newport, NC
Bond: $1 million secured
Two counts each of trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in cocaine, and one count each of maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of a controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.