Duplin Co. deputies make three drug busts

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Deputies in one Eastern Carolina county have announced three drug arrests, the most recent one happened on Friday.

Duplin County deputies say Jonathan Shepard, of Magnolia, was nabbed after a traffic stop on Cornwallis Road.

Initially, deputies say they found some marijuana, a gun, and more than $8,000 in cash inside Shepard's vehicle. At his home, they seized nearly six pounds of pot, MDMA, amphetamine & Xanax pills, and an AK-47.

The man was charged with trafficking in MDMA by possession, trafficking in MDMA by manufacture, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, felony possession of Schedule II drugs, simple possession of Schedule IV drugs, maintaining a place to keep controlled substances, manufacture Schedule IV drugs, possess marijuana paraphernalia, possess drug paraphernalia, and speeding.

Shepard was jailed on a $100,000 secure bond.

Another drug arrest happened on December 28th after a traffic stop on I-40 with a baby inside the vehicle.

Inside Montrell Wilson's vehicle, deputies say they found nearly four ounces of powdered cocaine and a gun. Deputies say the Leland man, who is a convicted felon, had an 11-month-old with him at the time.

He is charged with trafficking in cocaine by possession, trafficking in cocaine by transport, trafficking in cocaine by manufacture, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, maintaining a place to keep controlled substances, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, and misdemeanor child abuse.

Wilson was jailed on a $250,000 secure bond.

The final arrest occurred on December 19th.

Deputies raided a home on Blue Newkirk Road near Magnolia were they found 13.5 ounces of powdered cocaine, nearly an ounce of crack cocaine, an AK-47, two pistols and a rifle, along with more than $4,000 in cash.

Richard Pringle, who deputies say is a convicted felon, was charged with trafficking in cocaine by possession, trafficking in cocaine by manufacture, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, maintaining a place to keep controlled substances, possession of firearm by convicted felon (4 counts), possession of firearm with altered serial number, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $750,000 secured.