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An evidence bag with individual dosage units of heroin packaged for sale that have been seized by the Nash County Sheriff's Office during Operation Summer Heat.
An evidence bag with individual dosage units of heroin packaged for sale that have been seized by the Nash County Sheriff's Office during Operation Summer Heat.
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NASHVILLE — A months-long drug dealer dragnet in Nash County resulted in about two dozen arrests and the seizure of guns and drugs.

Operation Summer Heat combated the sale of illegal guns and drugs and fought to curtail violence brought on by gangs in the area, said Maj. Eddie Moore of the Nash County’s Sheriff’s Office.

Many of the arrests came about due to complaints from the community.

“The sheriff’s office would like to thank the citizens of Nash County for their continued support and information that is provided to us to assist in these investigations,” Moore said.

The following suspects, each charged with multiple offenses, are considered innocent until proven guilty in court:

• In July, deputies received information about Janoz Jordan selling heroin. On July 8, Jordan was located on Nashville Road at the Food Mart in the middle of an alleged heroin deal. Jordan is accused of leading deputies on a vehicle chase, striking other vehicles and a Nash County patrol vehicle. Jordan was eventually taken into custody, and deputies found heroin. He’s charged with selling and delivering heroin; two count of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; two counts of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance; assault with a deadly weapon; and fleeing to elude arrest.

• Also in July, deputies received information that Anthony Lucas Jr. and D’angelo West would be transporting illegal narcotics into Nash County. On July 12, deputies stopped a vehicle on Interstate 95 for speeding. Lucas and West were inside. A search revealed 59.3 grams (2.1 ounces) of powder cocaine, 10 grams of crack and several doses of ecstasy. Both men were charged with trafficking cocaine; two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance; and two counts of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

• Again in July, deputies received information that Larry Jones was involved in the selling of crack cocaine. Deputies conducted an investigation, which led to Jones being charged with possession of cocaine;  possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; seven counts of  selling and delivering cocaine; six counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance; eight counts of possession of marijuana; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

• On July 22, deputies stopped David Bass on U.S. 301 near the Applebee’s restaurant. Deputies said that during the traffic stop, Bass was found to be in possession of cocaine and heroin. He was charged with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• On July 23, deputies initiated a traffic stop with Thomas Eckenrode in the vehicle. During the stop, five grams of raw heroin, equal to 250 heroin dosage units, were located in the vehicle. Eckenrode was charged with trafficking heroin and two counts of possession of marijuana. 

• On July 24, deputies stopped Donald Garris for allegedly speeding on Interstate 95. A search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana and a firearm. Garris, a convicted felon, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of marijuana. 

• On Aug. 3, deputies stopped a vehicle on N.C. 58 just outside Nashville. During the traffic stop, deputies located four grams of methamphetamine and several dosage units of heroin. Richard Reese and Miranda Flores were both charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine; and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

• On Aug. 5, deputies conducted a search warrant at 101 Brown Drive in Rocky Mount. Deputies had received numerous complaints of drugs being sold at this house. A search produced 22 grams of crack cocaine and several firearms. James Brockington was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nathaniel Clayton was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

• Also on Aug. 5, deputies stopped Antuoin Richardson for a traffic violation. During the stop, deputies seized 35 individual bags of crack cocaine ready to be sold. Richardson was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; possession of marijuana; and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

• On Aug. 11, deputies conducted a search warrant at 920 Old Mill Road after receiving several complaints about drugs being sold. During the service of the search warrant, deputies seized 86 dosage units of heroin and several pills packaged for sale. Eric and Ashley Kokoruda were both charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance.

• On Aug. 12, deputies received information that Columbus Arnold was in possession of an unknown amount of heroin. A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle in which Arnold and Christine Hartfield were present. The two were accused of possessing of 134 dosage units of heroin. Deputies later conducted a search with the assistance of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office at the 800 block of Sycamore Street where 200 dosage units of heroin were seized. Arnold and Hartfield were both charged with trafficking heroin and two counts of maintaining a vehicle and dwelling for a controlled substance.

• On Aug. 20, deputies stopped a vehicle on U.S. 264 near mile marker 27 for a traffic violation. During the stop, deputies received a positive indication for the presence of narcotics from K-9 Pinka. A search of the vehicle revealed 2,300 fentanyl pills. Raul Torress and Reyna Rojo-Trevizo were each charged with trafficking heroin and two counts of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

• On Aug. 24, deputies conducted a traffic stop on I-95 after receiving calls of a subject holding a gun out the window. During the stop, driver Donnie Butts was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and several Xanax bars. No gun was located. Butts was charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of Schedule IV controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

• On Aug. 25, deputies stopped Terrell Battle on U.S. 301 near Sharpsburg for a traffic violation. The deputies were familiar with Battle due to several complaints on him for selling drugs. During the stop, 152 dosage units of heroin were located. As the result of an investigation, deputies went to the Holiday Motel in Sharpsburg and located additional dosage units of heroin and marijuana in Room 24. Battle was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• On Aug. 28, deputies stopped a vehicle at Hammond and Glen avenues in Rocky Mount. During the traffic stop, deputies found 54.7 grams (1.9 ounces) of methamphetamine. Christopher Pinner was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and two counts of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

• On Sept. 1, deputies stopped a vehicle at Dozier and Freight roads. Deputies had received several complaints of Charles Hayes selling narcotics and firearms. During the stop, deputies located a firearm and marijuana. Hayes was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

• On Sept. 3, deputies stopped a vehicle driven by William Pridgen. During the traffic stop, deputies found methamphetamine. Further investigation led to Ridge’s room at the Days Inn on U.S. 301 where deputies located 12.8 grams of methamphetamine packaged to be sold. Pridgen was charged with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine; maintaining a vehicle and dwelling for a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• On Sept. 11, deputies conducted a search warrant at 430 Craig St. Deputies had received several complaints from the community the resident at that address was selling drugs. During the search, deputies found several dosage units of heroin along with marijuana and a firearm. Jaheel Richardson-Spellman was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; possession of marijuana; maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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