Rocky Mount, N.C.–The Rocky Mount Police Department (RMPD) conducted a two-day joint operation with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO), the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO), NC Alcohol Law Enforcement (NC ALE), NC Department of Public Safety Community Corrections Division, the NC State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI) and Wilson Police Department. This operation’s focus was to disrupt the illegal sales of controlled substances within the city Rocky Mount, while at the same time deterring acts of violence.
The two-day operation, named “Hammer Time,” began with the simultaneous execution of four search warrants in the Happy Hill neighborhood of Rocky Mount. Those search warrants netted seven firearms, 71.3 grams of cocaine, 2.12 pounds of marijuana and 304 rounds of ammunition. A fifth search warrant, obtained by the NCSO, was executed a short time later in South Rocky Mount. This warrant resulted in the seizure of two more handguns (both of which were stolen) and approximately one ounce of cocaine. A vehicle stop was conducted by the RMPD in reference to this search warrant, and another handgun was seized.
“It is amazing what can be accomplished when Law Enforcement agencies work together,” said Special Operations Section Commander and Lieutenant John Feagans. “I just want to commend the officers of the RMPD and the members of the NCSO, ECSO, Wilson PD, ALE, SBI and Community Corrections for their hard work and dedication.
During the second day of the operation, two more search warrants were obtained, one by the RMPD and one by the NCSO, which resulted in the seizure of four more firearms, 20.19 grams of cocaine and 137 grams of marijuana. Also during the second day, two more firearms were seized during traffic stops and probation searches. NC ALE, with the assistance of the RMPD, conducted inspections of local stores, and numerous violations were found.
The totals for the two-day operation are:
• 15 firearms • 300 rounds of ammunition • 2.4 pounds of marijuana • 90 grams of both powder and crack cocaine
“As the sheriff of Edgecombe County, we will continue to partner with RMPD, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Tarboro PD and surrounding agencies to reduce crime,” said Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson. “This is great when we all come together to remove guns, gangs and drugs from our communities so our law-abiding citizens can feel safe in their homes and communities.”
Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone echoed that sentiment.
“Collaboration and partnership between all of our allied agencies prove to reduce crime. These types of operations in our communities make them safer for all of our citizens,” said Stone. “The Nash County Sheriff’s Office looks forward to working closely together in the future.”
The individuals charged were:
Carvell Puddy was charged with PWISD (Possession With Intent to Sell and Distribute) marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
L’Var Silver was charged with simple possession of marijuana.
Darrian Gupton was charged with PWISD marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling and possession of cocaine.
Timothy Earl Davis was charged with possession of Schedule IV, possession of Schedule VI and served with two outstanding Order for Arrests.
Quinton BROWN was charged with PWISD marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a dwelling.
Tyquan DRAUGHN was charged with a probation/parole violation.
Milton HOPKINS was charged with simple possession of marijuana.
Damaz ALSTON was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Terrell BATTLE was charged with possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, and maintaining a vehicle.
Marquis HINES was charged with Felony Possession of Cocaine, simple possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Jamar THOMPSON was charged with simple possession of marijuana, CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) and possession of a stolen firearm.
Jose DELGADO-ALEMAN was charged with resist, obstruct, delay and possession of an open container in a passenger vehicle. He also was served an outstanding probation violation.
Craig JENKINS was charged with simple possession of marijuana.