UPDATE: Greenville Gang Task Force Makes Arrests

The new Greenville gang task force, formed in response to recent murder, other violent crimes, and gang activity, says it has arrested two people.

Twenty-seven-year-old Marcus Barrett was shot on East Second street December 1st and has now been arrested for an outstanding warrant for selling marijuana. Officers say they found $2,500 in cash in his sofa. His bond was set at $25,000.

A check of online jail records Tuesday morning found Barrett was no longer in the Pitt County Detention Center, suggesting he posted bond and was released.

Josiah Haughton was also arrested after police say they found he had several grams of cocaine, scales, and cash. Police say he is a Crip gang member from New York and is on probation for a felon with a firearm charge. He was also convicted of manslaughter in Nash County.

Greenville police say the gang task force made up of local, state, and federal agencies- also located Blood gang members during the operation, but none have been arrested at this time.


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  • by imakingskid Location: greenville on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    i agree with workingman. also stick to the facts. the law says innocent until proven guilty. sounds like judge & jury have already given the verdict when listening to this report. this is a man that has beat the odds of the streets & with the grace of GOD will continue to do great things in the future.its a shame that the authorities cant properly do their job so therefore to make themselves look as though they have control of the growing crime rate they accuse someone who is doing the right things in life. working(check); school(check);taking care his family(check);paying his bills(check)......find someone else to harrass & leave Marcus alone; better yet do your jobs & get the criminals off the street.
  • by workingman on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:55 AM
    mr. barrett turned from victim of an home invasion and robbery to a drug dealer. why did the task force not mention that his two little daughters were also in the house with him and are traumatized by the whole sinceless event or that he has held a job since the birth of his first daughter in order to support her and her sister or that since being layed off of his job he has atttended pitt comunity college to obtain a degree in heating and air. This young man is an outstanding father brother and son. The task force not only insults him claiming he is a gang member but also could in danger his lfe by associating him with a gang. His so called drug charge came from the night of the shooting when they brought dogs and found drugs in a car on the street which was clearly not his car. so there was no old warrant they found money in his sisters couch not his she works hard for her money. The task force claims to have got 2 criminals off the streets what about the fools that invaded and shot this young man infront of his daughters i would feel alot safer with the robbers and shooters offf the streets not someone trying to obtain a college degree in order to bettter provide for his family tell the trueth and all of you with your comments good or bad check the facts before condeming anyone. I bet money Marcus has never been arrested for childsupport since the birth of his 2 beautiful kids i know the boy who has become a man and would be proud to call him my son any day and he does not have to do anything illegal to pay for his lawyer or court cost i will do it for him if he needs me and i work everyday of the week and i have a four year college degree and with gods blessings he will too one day real soon. task force go find the dam shooters
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      by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:30 PM in reply to workingman
      It's hard to think this man had NO connections with the streets and the police just snags him. If that's the case, I could be next. I see alot of young people runnin around like gang members, see what happens, don't try to call a timeout if you get caught up. It's not a game.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 07:14 PM
    Its about time the cops started getting gang bangers and drug dealers off the street. Lets hope this is the start of new trend to push these thungs out of our town.
  • by confused Location: greenville on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    AND???? what does this have to do with the murders that have been going on? Nothing, there is nothing that states either man was involved in any one of them. Mr. Barret a VICTIM of a shooting gets arrested for selling marijuana.. what kind of justice is that?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:46 PM in reply to confused
      Exactly! He is a victim of a shooting and also a victim of the cruel system.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 07:11 PM in reply to
        Agreed he was a victim of shooting. I feel badly that he was hurt. But if he wasn't involved with drugs and around folks with guns he wouldn't have been shot. If you stay away from trouble you generally don't get shot stabbed or beaten. Looks likea self made problem to me with an easy solution. Stay way from drugs and gangs and you decrease chances of getting hurt.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:10 AM in reply to
          Hence why I say victim of the system.
  • by Laurissa on Dec 13, 2011 at 02:00 PM
    Here is another idea that is a little out of the box: Make gangs a government controlled group and force them to pay taxes as a group. Also, require the members to pay yearly fees and follow certain rules in order to be in one. Finally, enforce a dress code at gang meetings to ensure everyone is dressed properly! We all know that once the government gets involved none like the way things are run anymore :)
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      by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:49 PM in reply to Laurissa
      Lets make them wear pink dresses and high heal shoes.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:50 PM in reply to Laurissa
      No good. That promotes their ideology and killer ways. You might be one of their little 'princesses'. I ain't buying your idea.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:50 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        You don't have to buy her idea! You aren't in any form of power thank goodness.
  • by Anon V on Dec 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    Identify them as gang members amd put them on a list along with other criminals. Then don't rent to them. Keep them out of your cities by not allowing them a place to stay. If they are found to be staying in govt housing by someone then that someone is "out". Next, business owners DON'T allow them to come into your business dressed as they do. Remember the signs "we have the right to refuse service"...bring it back!!
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      by Mark on Dec 13, 2011 at 02:01 PM in reply to Anon V
      holy cow BANG ON!! I like your thinking
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      by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 02:28 PM in reply to Anon V
      If there is no legitimate business reason for the refusal of service the discrimination would be arbitrary and unlawful.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:39 PM in reply to
        It is not discrimination...it is keeping a standard for dress, appearance, and appropriate actions!! Your thinking is what got us here in the first place!!
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          by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:34 PM in reply to
          Discrimination (noun) - recognition of the difference between one thing and another.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:48 PM in reply to Anon V
      Really great idea.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM
    I thought this was more or less formed to combat gangs and VIOLENT CRIME where is the violent crime?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    While they are guaranteed the right to appeal, there is no requirement to excercise it. If you really want to discuss the overhaul.. you need to discuss time constraints as well.
  • by nightrain on Dec 13, 2011 at 09:55 AM
    Prisons would not be so overcrowded if those convicted of murder were executed. Those convicted of burglary or theft, have their hand cut off. Those convicted of rape, castrated. It might take a little while, but eventually, there would be no repeat offenders. There are too many repeat offenders for us to believe prison reform programs work.
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      by daytrain on Dec 13, 2011 at 11:39 AM in reply to nightrain
      An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:47 PM in reply to daytrain
        No; it leaves your children, wives, and mothers a whole lot safer.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:12 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
          I fixed your statement: In my opinion, it leaves your children, wives, and mothers a whole lot safer. Learn when to use a semicolon properly.
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          by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
          To Anonymous; thanks bunches. Have a great day. You can hold your head high.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    Why don't we make mere membership in a gang a capital crime? The crips and bloods require a murder to even get in (that is what all the freeway shootings were out in LA- random murder to join the gang). So- get caught, off they go never to come back. Eventually no new members and then no old members either. Society would win instead of being in a constant state of chaos.
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      by Where Ralphie? on Dec 13, 2011 at 10:42 AM in reply to ralphie
      Where would you send them all Ralphie? To the already overcrowded prisons?
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        by ralphie on Dec 13, 2011 at 01:27 PM in reply to Where Ralphie?
        Apparently you do not know what "capital crime" means. I would send them to our maker. That is to say- a capital crime is one that is punished by execution. death. The K word thing. Die Gangsters.
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