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Weapons, drug suspect taken into custody
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Weapons, drug suspect taken into custody

A man sought after deputies seized weapons and drugs from his home last week is behind bars after he turned himself in Wednesday morning accompanied by an attorney, Wilson County sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies had launched a manhunt last Wednesday for Dennis Ray Taylor, who lives at 4912 Rainwater Road, Lucama. They raided his home earlier in the afternoon.

Taylor, 53, faces weapons charges as well as cocaine trafficking charges, Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel said.

Taylor was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Wilson County Jail under a $253,000 secured bond.

He was not at home at the time of the raid. Taylor has a previous history of drug convictions.

Deputies recovered more than a dozen guns, most of which they contend were stolen.

"We recovered small handguns, like a 22-caliber gun, all the way up to assault rifles,” Sheriff Calvin Woodard said. "There were rifles, handguns — you name it.”

Deputies also found 185 grams of crack/cocaine.

After he was taken into custody, deputies served Taylor with an outstanding warrant for communicating threats.

Dozens of deputies blocked off the street near the Rainwater address last week and surrounded the house as they looked for Taylor.

Woodard said this particular raid was dangerous for deputies because of the illegal guns that could have been turned and used on deputies.

Inside of the house, deputies found scanners dialed into law enforcement channels, they said.

Woodard said the sheriff’s office continued looking for Taylor and followed up on leads.

"I commend the hard work that was conducted by the Narcotics Division as well as the man hours utilized in investigating the case,” Woodard said.

Taylor was one of 11 people who deputies either arrested or sought on felony warrants last week. The other suspects were sought for largely drug-related charges under the umbrella of Operation E.O.G (Education Over Guns), a sheriff’s office initiative that coincided with the end of school.

Woodard described the operation as successful in removing illegal firearms off the streets and out of the hands of people distributing drugs in the community.

"We will continue successful operations like this to ensure that our communities receive the safety that they require and instruct those who sell and distribute drugs and illegal guns to hurt others that they will be brought to justice,” Woodard said. "Wilson County is a great place for families, businesses, retirement and schools. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office main focus is the safety of the citizens of Wilson County.” | 265-7813
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