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Moonshine seized in drug raid
Sheriff Woodard laments low bond




Sheriff’s deputies looking for street drugs Thursday say they found two batches of homemade hooch in an accused drug dealer’s Wilson County home.

A detective emerged from the home with a glass jar in each gloved hand — a pickle jar containing a clear liquid and a Mason jar filled with a brownish orange solution. Sheriff’s office Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel later identified the liquid as moonshine.

Deputies raided 31-year-old Linwood Lee Melton’s double-wide mobile home at 4818 White Oak Loop east of Wilson and arrested him on a crack cocaine charge.

Deputies didn’t find any drugs in the home, and Sheriff Calvin Woodard said past brushes with the law may have taught Melton to cover his tracks.

"In the court of law, defendants are allowed due process and discovery of the evidence against them,” Woodard said in a statement. "Within the defendant’s bedroom, I located an entire criminal investigative report from a previous raid that was presented to the district attorney’s office.

"We at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office do not and will not provide the name of undercover officers or informants; however, Melton was able to read the investigative tactics used by the officers to uncover a prior drug raid on a residence he occupied located on Speight School Road. What causes more disappointment is that he made a $1,000 bond within one and a half hours.”

A caravan of black sheriff’s office cars arrived at the Wilson County home around 11:45 a.m. Deputies set off a flash grenade in the front yard and members of the sheriff’s Special Response Team charged into the home through the front door.

Melton and his mother were led outside as deputies executed a search warrant allowing them to scour the mobile home for drugs. Wilson County Emergency Medical Services paramedics evaluated the woman as she sat fanning herself in a chair in the front yard. The woman wasn’t taken to the hospital.

Patrol cars with emergency lights flashing and unmarked black sedans and sport utility vehicles filled the mobile home’s gravel driveway and grass yard. Deputies led a drug-sniffing dog into the home.

"The raid that was performed today showed that the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is very serious against drug use and its distribution in Wilson County,” Woodard said. "There is no raid that is similar; however, the raid today has proven that the sheriff’s office has excelled in the war on drugs in our county.”

Melton, who deputies said is known by the nickname Termite, is accused of selling crack cocaine from the White Oak Loop home. He has pending charges of possession of cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine in Wilson County, according to court records.

Deputies led Melton from the home with his hands cuffed behind his back and placed him in the front passenger seat of an unmarked car at 12:33 p.m. Samuel said Melton was charged with felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of a non-tax-paid alcoholic beverage Thursday.

Deputies released Melton from the Wilson County Detention Center later that afternoon on a $1,000 secured bond.

Melton has previous arrests on marijuana, cocaine and animal cruelty charges between October 2008 and March 2012, but it wasn’t immediately clear how those cases were disposed. Melton has no record of having served prison time or probation in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction.

Woodard and Maj. Tom Futrell attended a Thursday morning briefing with SRT members and drug detectives at the sheriff’s office annex. Deputies left around 11:30 a.m. to execute the search warrant.

"I am so honored that the women and men of this office do not allow other circumstances to deter them from doing what the citizens of Wilson County expect them to do — put their life on the line to fight against violence and crime,” Woodard said. "This was drug raid number two on one dealer, and as people continue to deal drugs and we continue to advance, we will continue to fight for the children, the community and for peace in Wilson County.”

corey@wilsontimes.com | 265-7821
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Realist said...

Smh @ you people. It seems as if all you do is sit behind your pc and lash out and pretend to be mad. Wilson is a shot town. It was corrupt under good dirty ole Wayne Gay and its going to stay that way. The solution to the problem isn't to try and give the dope dealers life as all you want. It starts at home with your kids, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, husbands and wives etc etc. Stop the junkies from seeking it and guess what...the dealers have no other choice but to stop or move their business to another city.

Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 2:36 PM
here we go again said...

Must be getting close to election time with all the photo op's of the Wilson county sheriff office. I guess how high sheriff calls them before he goes to make an arrest uh???

Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM
Thanks WCSO for trying said...

At least the WCSO is trying to get these people away from our children. You never know who you are living next door to. The residents of the city of Wilson and Wilson county DESERVE to feel safe in their own homes and neighborhoods.

Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM
said...

Well with only $1,000 bond, it appears the magistrate feels comfortable that he will not be a threat to the people of Wilson County. So I am sure he is home now thinking of how he will turn his life around to become a better citizen. Cant wait to see what kind of deal the attorney and DA and judge work out. What a joke Wilsons judicial system is.

Friday, August 09, 2013 at 6:43 PM
Please! said...

Woodard you are just as ignorant as this article!

Friday, August 09, 2013 at 5:04 PM
said...

What r u gonna do with him mow

Friday, August 09, 2013 at 3:17 PM Ole Wilson Boy said...

Party at the WSCO office this weekend woo hoo!!

Friday, August 09, 2013 at 10:31 AM annoyed said...

lazy bums, must be nice to sit at home and sell drugs to folks and more than likely live off the government as well. nice to see my tax money funding drug dealers

Friday, August 09, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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