Nine People Arrested In Tyrrell County

It was a busy Friday for the Tyrrell County Sheriff's Office as deputies busted nine people.

The news release from the Sheriff's Office says the arrests were made on Railroad Street in Columbia, which they say is an area known for drug trafficking.

Deputies say along with the arrests, they've taken a lot of drugs off the streets. These drugs include cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, and amoxicillim. Also taken during the seizure was drug paraphernalia, over $6,000 in cash and a Buick LeSabre.

Below is the news release given to WITN from the Tyrrell County Sheriff's Office:

"On Friday, May 15th the Tyrrell County Sheriff’s Office arrested 9 people on drug related charges on Railroad Street in Columbia. This is an area that is known as a high drug traffic area. The following were arrested:

Jamal E. Woodley 28, of Columbia was arrested for simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Steven J. Spruill 50, of Columbia was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Ray Shawn Hill 27, of Columbia was arrested for possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.

Marcus O. Forehand 40, of Hertford was arrested for resist, delay and obstruct an officer.

Kynarti J. Spencer 29, of Columbia was arrested for maintaining a place for the sale of controlled substance, possession of marijuana and resist, delay and obstruct an officer.

Darius S. Hassell 20, of Columbia was arrested for possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

Bobby Jay Moore 21, of Columbia was arrested for possession of marijuana.

Mitchell J. Simpson 27, of Columbia was arrested for trafficking in opium, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia and larceny.

Donta A. Leigh 22, of Columbia arrested for possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Deputies seized cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, and amoxicillin, drug paraphernalia, over $6,000.00 in cash and a Buick LeSabre. Deputy Baker was in charge of the investigation. Assisting were Sgt. Davenport, Deputy Sawyer, Deputy Oliver, Community Corrections Officer Elliott, State Trooper Tanner, Hyde County Deputies Gaskill, Logan and K-9 Axel. These arrests are part of the ongoing efforts by the Tyrrell County Sheriff’s Office against the use and sale of illegal drugs in Tyrrell County and the Town of Columbia."

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 at 10:33 PM
    The problem with drug dealers is in the court system...these guys have been arrested numerous times, amd will continue to be arrested over and over again...repeat offenders. The courts slap them on the wrist and turn them loose. It's all about making money for the county and the state. And as far as the whole "racial profiling" comment - if you don't want to be treated like a suspected drug dealer...DON'T SELL DRUGS! You think they are the only bored kids with nothing to do in Tyrrell County? Just because they are bored doesn't give them the right to break the law. Also, did it ever occur to you that no black officers have applied to TCSO? And what will happen when the black officer arrests those same people for the same crime? Will it be racial profiling then? I don't understand people...does everything really have do to with race? Bottom line...when you break the law you pay the consequences.
  • by jluv Location: louisburg on Oct 27, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    Seriously, these are the most outragous things I've ever read!!!!! Here's how Columbia works, If your family comes from money you have nothing to worry about. If they don't, well that's too bad. The TCSO and Tyrrell Co. Schools work the same way. It's all in who you know. I know for a fact that they profile-- hell one of my cousins are on the TCSO and I don't trust her. My family didn't have money but hers did. She thinks that she's better than everybody else when she's not in uniform, so can you imagine the attitude she has against these individuals who do live up railroad??? Railroad is full of grandparents having to raise these delinquents and they can only do so much. Put programs in effect to give these boys something to do other than sell drugs. Then start treating everyone as an equal. Or is that too hard since all of these boys are black. As a matter of fact, Why doesn't TCSO have ANY black officers???They have a black police dog though!!!!!!!!!
  • by Greg Hassell Location: Plymouth on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    I noticed I had been mentioned a couple of times in the comments, so I thought it might to helpful to respond. The comment made by "Terry" was on track.. If you want the drug dealers in Washington County to be arrested you do need to VOTE someone in office that can and will get the job done.. As for the comment by "tired" about me as a Probation Officer having the authority to make drug arrest is not true. As a probation officer we can only enforce the conditions of probation noted on the judgement which was ordered by the judge who imposed the suspended sentence. We cannot make arrest of people not on probation - OUR department does not allow it even though General Statues does. However; one thing is for certain.. If I am ever elected Sheriff of Washington County - It will be "one sad day" for the drug dealers in our community....
  • by TSCOsux on May 30, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    I think that this is completely stupid to have blasted up on the news. There was nothing in the bust and it certainly wasnt a major one. One person got caught with something to be called major big woop. How about they spend there time finding the dealers down soundside because those are the ones bringing it in for the upper class folks around columbia that people think are grand. TCSO doesnt do a good job they use racial profiling to catch people and they harass the same ones over and over again. And they will continue until someone snaps. This isnt some game this is peoples lives they are messing with. Its not right to mess with one group of people. Someone needs to come and help them.
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    Hmmm...Tim has apparently passed out from the stinch
  • by Neo Location: not vanceboro on May 24, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    And Tim, if you don't like it, I couldn't really care less.
  • by sean on May 22, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    There are worst things than drugs in columbia.
  • by Billy Location: near Russia on May 22, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    I am just so thankful they got that amoxicillin off the street! Leave those poor bacteria alone!
  • by Neo Location: Truth on May 21, 2009 at 09:47 PM
    Tim, I stopped to put gas in my Tacoma once in Vanceboro. Some guy named Sam got out of a blue F-150 crew cab, farted, and it made the place smell alot better.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 21, 2009 at 09:41 PM
    Shirl, I would love to meet him. Don't want to buy his product, but it would be interesting to see him. I have only seen the fake one on the government's bogus anti-prescription drug abuse ad. It is so unrealistic that it is stupid. You should capture it and put it under glass.

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