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Police: 20 charged in drug investigation

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Police say nearly two dozen people face charges after a months-long investigation that also led to the seizure of cocaine, PCP and heroin.

The Wilson Police Department’s Special Operations Division conducted Operation Firecracker as a part of ongoing drug investigations in the city of Wilson, according to Capt. Jeff Boykin, who oversees the division.

Boykin said 20 people were identified as a part of the effort, which included two search warrants at a home where various drugs were seized. He said police will continue to work and find other individuals who have been identified as a part of the operation.

“I want to thank all our personnel for their proactive work with Operation Firecracker,” said Wilson Police Chief Thomas Hopkins. “With the assistance from our citizens and agency partners, we were able to carry out a well-organized plan to address criminal activity at various locations around the city. We will always continue working hard with our citizens and partners to keep our city safe”

Boykin said a large number of arrests were made possible by residents giving tips to police, which are strictly confidential.

“We value our citizens and want to make their neighborhoods safe,” Boykin said. “We are striving to protect our youth from drug offenders by continuing these types of operations. Operation Firecracker is part of the Wilson Police Department’s ongoing effort to keep our community safe. We encourage anyone with information about drug crimes or gun crimes, to call our drug hotline number at 252-293-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.”

CHASE ROAD SEARCH

Two people were arrested and charged after police executed a search warrant at 3605-B Chase Road as a part of an ongoing narcotics and gun investigation, Boykin said.

Police seized 91.8 grams (3.2 ounces) of crack cocaine, 13 MDMA pills, also known as Molly, a gun and nearly $1,700, officials said.

Laquan Javon Allen, 27, and Amaris Bynum, 22, were charged with one count each of trafficking cocaine. Allen is being held without bond due to being out on pretrial release awaiting disposition of charges including trafficking cocaine and other drug-related violations, Boykin said. Bynum received a $10,000 secured bond.

GEE LANE SEARCH

Police also executed a search warrant at 1906 Gee Lane in reference to PCP being sold, Boykin said. Authorities seized 204 grams (7.2 ounces) of PCP, 38 bindles of heroin and nearly $1,900.

Police charged 26-year-old Dyquan Hill with possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a Schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule I controlled substance, felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a Schedule I controlled substance.

Hill received a $10,000 secured bond.

OTHER ARRESTS AND CHARGES

Others arrested and charged include 31-year-old Thomas Darnell Mann. Police seized 13 grams of heroin in the 1000 block of Randolph Street. Mann faces trafficking by possession of heroin and trafficking by transportation of heroin. He received a $400,000 secured bond.

Police said during the operation, they also stopped a vehicle and apprehended 22-year-old Kitab Thompson, who was wanted on an armed robbery charge. Police seized a gun during that traffic stop, officials said.

• Eric Jaquail Braswell, 22, was charged with possession of Schedule II drugs, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer and possession of marijuana. Police said they seized 8.5 grams of marijuana and 2.5 grams of crack cocaine. He received a $3,000 secured bond.

• Police said they observed 19-year-old Aaron Whitley conduct a hand-to-hand drug transaction in the 700 block of Ward Boulevard. Police said they seized 6 grams of marijuana, three Xanax pills and 13 hydrocodone pills. He was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, selling marijuana, maintaining a vehicle and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance. Whitley received a $3,500 secured bond.

• Isiah Davis was charged with two counts of possession of stolen vehicle and jailed on a $25,000 secured bond.

• Jeffery Batchelor was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

• Holly Weinder was charged with possession of heroin and jailed on a $40,000 secured bond.

• Frankie Allan Durham was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. A warrant for his arrest was served in Wayne County.

Two other people face misdemeanor charges, which include a traffic violation and simple possession drug charge.

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