Martin County Drug Bust Nets More Than A Dozen Suspects

On Thursday, deputies with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, officers with the Williamston Police Department, officers with the Robersonville Police Department and Agents with North Carolina A.L.E. conducted a joint operation in Martin County titled “Street Sweeper 2.”

As you recall from WITN's coverage in October, a previous "Street Sweeper" in Martin County netted dozens of drug suspects.

In the "Street Sweeper 2" operation, there were numerous subjects arrested and charged with various narcotics related crimes. These arrests were the result of a 6-month investigation conducted by the Martin County Narcotics Unit.

Arrested in this operation:

Danny Joe Bland of North Haughton Street, Williamston
Elvis Leon Rodgers of Hill Street, Williamston
William Henry Mitchell, Jr.of Ranch Motel, Williamston
Sonja Marie Briggs of Martin Street, Williamston
Marcus Lamont Wesson of East Church Street, Williamston
Julia Yanno Holland of Chapman Road, Robersonville
Travis Tremaine Washington of Wynne Road, Williamston
Larry Joseph Brown of East Second Street, Robersonville
Maggie Andrews Knight of South Roberson Street, Robersonville
Kimothy Edward Harrell of Chapman Road, Robersonville
Norman Ben Askew of Cypress Drive, Everetts
Eric Patrick Red of South Harrell Street, Williamston
Brian Fredrick Bennerson of North Grimes Street, Robersonville
Glenda Jean Hall of Davenport Country Lane, Tarboro
Arthur Lee Scriven of Henderson Street, Williamston
Alethia Rochelle Speller of Harris Street, Williamston
Tafari Nieon Griffin, already in Department of Corrections facility

In addition to the above listed subjects that were arrested in the operation, there are additional subjects who are wanted by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for narcotics related charges. These subjects were unable to be located during the operation and currently have outstanding warrants for their arrest.

Mable Pugh Cooper of Mebane Circle, Windsor
Tominic Lejames Bess of Highway 125, Williamston
Charles Donte Wesson of Cooper Hille Road, Windsor
Juliette NMN Speller of Hill Street, Williamston
Kemardrick Terrell Sherrod, no address
Bobby Gene Wynne, Jr. of Bailey Road, Williamston
Donel NMN Bonds, Jr. of Faulk Street, Williamston
Valerie Ann Allen of East Academy Street, Robersonville
Anthony Ray Pettiway of Highway 64 Alternate, Bethel
Wakeeta Aretha Ruffin of Nelson Road, Robersonville
Avery NMN Williams, Jr of Middle Street, Jamesville
Paula Coleen Harris of Davenport Country Lane, Tarboro

This is the third operation of it’s kind conducted by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and Williamston Police Department since October of 2008. A total number of 70 subjects have been arrested since October 2008 as a result of these special “drug round-up” operations.

Sheriff Dan Gibbs and Williamston Chief of Police Steve Smith continue to focus on combating the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics in and around Martin County. In addition to these “drug round-up” operations, the Martin County Narcotics Unit conducts covert and overt operations in which additional drug suspects are arrested and charged. Both Sheriff Gibbs and Chief Smith ask that any citizen who may have information related to drug activity contact the Martin County Sheriff’s Office at 252-789-4500, the Williamston Police Department at 252-792-2124 or Martin County Crime Stoppers at 252-792-8800.


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  • by Wouldn't u like 2 know Location: OOOOOOOO on Dec 26, 2009 at 06:24 PM
    For everyone who is talking smack about the ones arrested, why don't you shut your mouth and pray for them, Thank You to Derrick from Plymouth, My dad is one of the people arrested and he is facing 25 yrs people who got out and kill someone don't even get that much time, rapist, robbers, etc! Yes I agree they should get some kind of punishment, BUT don't you judge someone until you have lived in their shoes!!!! I love you daddy and always will, you are a good man you adopted me when I was 1 and have loved me like your own! Thank you! :)
  • by Tad Location: Williamston on Dec 1, 2009 at 11:07 PM
    People who are hooked on drugs are weak minded fools who hooked themselves.
  • by Pre'shious Location: Williamston NC on Dec 1, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    HaHa That Is Exactly What They Get For Getting People Hooked On Drugs. And for Makeing Their Lives Bad For Them And Their Kids At Least If They Have Any. And Then They Are Causeing People To Die With It At The Same Time And That Is Just Wrong Taking Someones Life Not Knowing If They Have Kids Or Not.
  • by Tad Location: Williamston on Nov 29, 2009 at 09:16 PM
    Numerous breakins over the weekend in Williamston, course some fool keeps posting on this article that there is no crime in Williamston. Tell that to the victims of this weekends crime spree.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Nov 21, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    Who knows what "Toreal" is talking about? I have asked 6 very intelligent people and none of them have a clue. The only explanation they could come up with is that sometimes people who aren't very smart talk about things and it comes out as nonsense because...well...they aren't very smart. Anybody....can anybody explain the "Toreal" babble? One thing is for sure, it is from somewhere other than reality.
  • by Toreal on Nov 21, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    Wow! who would ever thought these two small town would have it going on like that! sad! this isn't AMERICAN GANGSTA? Another movie huh?
  • by Neo on Nov 21, 2009 at 04:16 PM
    Nah, the roaches live in Robersonville and Willow acres
  • by to Neo from reality on Nov 20, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    I wonder what kind of turd oh I mean thug you are. A roach infested one.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Nov 19, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    Greenville is a crime infested sewer full of turds..uh..I mean thugs, just like Williamston, Robersonville, Oak City and the other rural slums of western and north central Martin County.
  • by Q Location: nc on Nov 19, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    One comment. It is probably safer to live and work in the whole county of Martin than it is to shop or work at the Wal-Mart in Greenville!
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