NC officers arrested in major drug bust

NC officers arrested in major drug bust

Posted: Apr 30, 2015 6:03 PM GST
Updated: May 07, 2015 10:31 PM GST
by Dane Huffman

More than a dozen law enforcement officers, including 11 in North Carolina, have been arrested in a government sting that included the FBI, the government announced Thursday.

Thomas Walker, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, said multiple people were arrested Thursday morning in a major sting of cocaine and heroin operations. Those arrested include five current members of the Northampton County sheriff’s office. They were charged with trafficking cocaine and heroin up and down the I-95 corridor.

Walker said there were arrests at an airport in Halifax County and a warehouse in Rocky Mount. A second group was arrested at a warehouse in Rocky Mount. The undercover operation has been ongoing for about a year and a half.

Arrested were:

Eight current or former officers
Three correctional officers
Two Virginia prison employees
One 911 dispatcher in Northampton County
“This crime is a breach of the public’s trust,” said John Strong, a special agent for the North Carolina FBI. Strong said law enforcement officials used their positions “to line their own pockets.” He added that “Public corruption will not be tolerated.”

Asked the reaction by FBI officers to the charges that officers were involved in this, Strong said that the reaction was “shock and disbelief.”

Also shocked was Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith.

“I’m hurt and surprised,” he told WNCN. “I’m shocked and appalled at these types of indictments. We can’t tolerate this type of behavior, especially from law enforcement.”

Smith said Northampton has 35 deputies, plus some part-time employees, and the loss of five deputies “is a big blow.”

Smith said he found out about the arrests Thursday morning.

“They’ve let me down. They’ve let the sheriff’s office down,” Smith said. “They’ve let the citizens down as well as their families. Most of them have children and they’ve let the down as well.”

Walker said the investigation is ongoing and other arrests are possible.

Arrested were:

Ikeisha Jacobs, 32, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office
Jason Boon, 29, a Northampton deputy
Jimmy Pair, 48, a Northampton deputy
Curtis Boone, 31, a Northampton deputy
Thomas Jefferson Allen II, 37, a Northampton deputy
Wardie Vincent Jr., 35, a former Northampton deputy
Cory Jackson, 43, formerly with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office
Antonio Tillmon, 31, a Windsor City policeman
Adrienne Moody, 39, a North Carolina correctional officer
Alaina Sue Kamling, 27, a North Carolina correctional officer
Kavon Phillips, 25, a North Carolina correctional officer
Lann Tjuan Clanton, 36, a correctional officer with the Virginia Department of Corrections
Alphonso Ponton, 42, a Virginia correctional officer
Tohsa Dailey, 31, a 911 dispatch operator for Northampton County
Crystal Pierce, 31, of Raleigh

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