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.