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Police say more than two-dozen people face charges after a months-long investigation that also led to a Florida fugitive’s capture on attempted murder and robbery charges.
The Wilson Police Department’s Special Operations Division conducted Operation Boomerang as a part of a drug and gun investigation within the city of Wilson, according to Capt. Jeff Boykin, who oversees the division.
Boykin said 30 suspects were identified as a part of the effort, which included two home searches where police seized various amounts of drugs and stolen guns.
“I want to thank our citizens, our local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and members of the Wilson Police Department for continuing to ensure that we keep our community safe from illegal drugs, guns, and criminal activities,” Wilson Police Chief Thomas Hopkins said in a statement. “We appreciate the information we receive in order to initiate cases on these individuals. We realize these operations take time, however, we want to ensure that we maintain the confidentiality of our sources. We will continue to work endlessly with our partners. As always, the success of this operation is due to our citizens and our partners. The Wilson Police Department will remain committed to keeping our community safe.”
Boykin said many of the arrests were made possible due to tips from the community, which are strictly confidential.
“We are striving to protect our youth from drug offenders by continuing these types of operations,” Boykin said.
DOGWOOD LANE SEARCH
Three suspects were charged after police executed a search warrant at 1302 Dogwood Lane, including 19-year-old Daniel Galarza who was wanted out of Highland County, Florida on attempted murder and armed robbery charges, Boykin said. Authorities there have been notified and have initiated extradition proceedings.
Police seized 85 grams of marijuana, 18.5 grams of cocaine, 1 pound, 5 ounces of 97 percent pure THC wax in 194 individual wrapped packages, vape oils, a shotgun, ammunition, digital scales and $1,000 in cash at the Dogwood Lane home, Boykin said.
Calixto Rodriguez, 24, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance.
Cristian Perez, 19, was charged with felony possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance for the wax and vape oils, possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, also for the wax and vape oils, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.
Perez and Rodriguez were both given a $15,000 secured bond each.
CLARK AVENUE SEARCH
Police also executed a search warrant at 614 Clark Ave. where they seized 45 bindles of heroin, 9 grams of crack cocaine and 6.5 grams of marijuana along with four guns, two of which were reported stolen from other jurisdictions, Boykin said.
Izqilyl Morton, 28, was arrested and charged with four counts of felony possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and heroin and maintaining a dwelling to keep and sell controlled substances. Morton received a $150,000 secured bond.
Other arrests the police department listed in an Operation Boomerang news release are:
• Kadmuun Morton, conspiracy to sell and deliver heroin, $3,500 secured bond
• Jose Acotsa, possession of drug paraphernalia, written promise to appear in court
• Jaylen Moore, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, custody release
• William Mays, $3,000 order for arrest on an allegation of missing court
• Polite Swinson, possession of marijuana, seized 18 grams of marijuana
• Andrew Kerr, larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, obtaining property by false pretenses, $10,000 secured bond
• Arion Rountree, possession of a stolen firearm, written promise to appear in court
• Naquan Dawson, possession of marijuana, $1,000 secured bond
• Jayquell Pender, possession of marijuana, $3,000 secured bond
• Jerress Moore, possession of marijuana, driving while license revoked, resisting, obstructing and delaying a public officer, $4,000 secured bond
• Dakwon Blackston, possession of marijuana, written promise to appear in court
• Kali Woodruff, possession of heroin, $3,000 secured bond
• Christopher Ballard, possession of marijuana, written promise to appear in court
• Jamail Barnes, possession of a stolen firearm, $10,000 secured bond
• Sheronda Jones, possession of marijuana, written promise to appear in court
• Dyquavious Ballard, possession of marijuana, $500.00 secured bond
• Travis Melvin, sale and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, multiple orders for arrest on allegations of missing court on prior charges, $73,000 secured bond
• Malcolm Robinson, possession of MDMA, $7,000 secured bond
• Jeremy Guion, possession of marijuana, written promise to appear in court
• Douglas Allen, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle to keep and sell marijuana, possession of a firearm by a felon, probation violation, seized 49 grams of marijuana and handgun, $35,000 secured bond
• Jamal Daniels, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a firearm by a felon, $18,000 secured bond
• Jah’quan Artis, felony carrying a concealed firearm, $5,000 secured bond
Other agencies who assist and help prosecute these cases include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, Wilson County Probation and Parole, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and Wilson County District Attorney’s Office.