Cocaine busts nets multiple arrests
Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 13, 2011
Eighteen people from Rowan and Davie counties have been charged in a cocaine crackdown involving several law enforcement agencies.
In a press release sent this morning, Rowan Sheriff Kevin Auten wrote:
“The United States Attorney’s office for the middle district of North Carolina charged 18 individuals from Rowan and Davie counties in two separate indictments on Dec. 13, 2010. The first indictment charged nine defendants with conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), along with several other counts of possessing cocaine base (crack), and federal firearm violations.
“The second indictment charged nine defendants with conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), along with several other counts of possessing cocaine base (crack).
“If convicted of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces a mandatory sentence of no less than 10 years imprisonment, nor more than life, and up to a $4 million fine.”
The Rowan and Davie county sheriff’s office, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, began arresting those individuals on Jan. 5.
The arrests, Auten writes, are part of “an ongoing effort between the Davie and Rowan county sheriff’s offices along with the ATF to disrupt crack cocaine distributing groups in northwestern Rowan County and southern Davie County.
“The three agencies began working closely together in early 2007 and have continued to make steady progress in identifying and arresting sources of crack cocaine in that area.”
Those arrested include:
Terry Mason of Draughn Lane, Mocksville.
Corey Dewayne Kerr of Woodleaf.
Derrick Lamont Wilson of Salisbury.
Carlos Antwonne Redmond of Village Road, Mocksville.
Tavis Labron Houpe of Mount Ulla.
Michael Anthony Keaton of Needmore Road, Woodleaf.
Zenobia Ruben Jackson of Foster Road, Woodleaf.
Alphonso Lee Keaton of Needmore Road, Woodleaf.
Tracey Lavender Wilson of Village Road, Mocksville,.
Richardo John Lipscomb of Foster Road,. Woodleaf.
Herbert Eugene Pulliam of Neely Street, Cooleemee.
Felton Lee Mayfield Jr. of Cockerham Lane, Mocksville.
Herbert Eugene Ellis of Salisbury.
Billie Thomas Boardwine of Hobson Drive, Mocksville.
Antonio Eugene Morris of Jeter Road, Woodleaf.
This is a continuing investigation and more arrests are likely.