Craven County Sheriff’s Office announces 36 drug arrests in 3 months

Craven County Sheriff’s Office announces 36 drug arrests in 3 months
Published: Aug. 24, 2022 at 1:39 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2022 at 4:58 PM EDT
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CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The Craven County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested 36 people on 57 felony charges between May and July of this year on charges ranging from drug trafficking to possession of a stolen firearm.

The sheriff’s office announced at its Wednesday morning press conference that it has also seized more than $470,000 worth of drugs, equaling more than 24,000 dosage units of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, meth, and schedule VI drugs.

Deputies say arrested were Kevin Brinson, Steven Joyner, Teddi Jilton, Dondre Borden, Angie Alvear-Medina, Derrick Lovick, David Byrum III, Elton Stoffell, Randon Sudul, Carlton Lowery Jr., Jeffery Caton, Richard Baker, Akyree Collins-Smith, Kristona Foster, Kavon Chamberlin, Timothy Thigpen, Austin Adams, Anthony Lynch, Stephen Fulcher, Christian Moore, Iyhiash White, Michael Hodges, Devaul Britt, Anna Hardy, Michael Bryant, Desoray Elks, Daryl Staton, Timothy Bridges, Judy Johnson, Ivan Pickett, Rebecca Johnson, James Pickett, Tevin Godette, Johnathan Lamm, Jermaine Ward, and James Tyson.

Sheriff Chip Hughes says this is an improvement from the first quarter of this year, where more drugs were seized and more arrests needed to be made.

Hughes added that recovery treatment efforts have also improved. He says the sheriff’s office has partnered with several faith-based and community rehabilitation organizations throughout Craven and Carteret counties, which has lowered the threat of repeat offenders.

“Where we take a very hard, aggressive stance on those that bring this poison and distribute it into our county, we also take a very hard stance on getting those folks that want help, the help they need,” Hughes said.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office says 22 guns were also seized in this quarter’s investigation.

People can call the sheriff’s office at (252) 636-6620 to learn about the resources available for battling addiction.

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