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kinston violent crime initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2012

KINSTON - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that yesterday the Kinston Violent Crime Initiative was conducted in the Lenoir and Wayne County areas.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina is continuing in their commitment to reduce crime through the participation and partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement in operations such as yesterday’s, in which 15 individuals were arrested for various state and federal drug and firearm offenses.

     This initiative partnered the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the United States Marshals Service; the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Kinston Department of Public Safety; the Goldsboro Police Department; the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office; the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; and the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement to target violent and drug crimes in the communities of Wayne and Lenoir Counties.

Defendants included in this initiative are:

LENOIR COUNTY

DAVID WAYNE WHITE, 26, who was charged by Criminal Indictment on May 23, 2012, with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and attempting to possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, both in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).  Arraignment has been set for August 14, 2012.

JAMES HENRY STRONG, also known as Pappy, 30, was indicted on July 2, 2012.  The charges include conspiring to distribute a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841 and 846; distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); and three counts of aiding and abetting the districution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).

MICHAEL ALPHONSO POLLARD, 30, was charged on July 2, 2012, with conspiring to distribute a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841 and 846; and two counts of distributing a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).

ERIC DION LATHAM, 35, of Kinston, North Carolina, and co-defendant of Strong and Pollard, was charged with conspiring to distribute a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841 and 846; aiding and abetting the distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A); and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).  A Forfeiture Notice has been filed along with the Indictment that LATHAM will forfeit all property derived from, either directly or indirectly, the offense, which includes a 1992 Lexus LS400. 

JEREMY TYRONE STRONG, also known as Pap, 33, was indicted on July 2, 2012, for conspiring to distribute a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841 and 846, and aiding and abetting the distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). 

CEDRIC QUENTIN GREENE, 26, of Kinston, North Carolina, was also indicted with co-defendants Jeremy and James Strong, Pollard, and Latham.  He is charged with conspiring to distribute a quantity of cocinae base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841 and 846; aiding and abetting the distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Titel 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).

UNTEZ LLOYD, 21, was charged by Indictment on July 2, 2012, with conspiring to distributing a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841 and 846, and distributing a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).

LAKISHA MONYETTE BROWN, 30, of Kinston, North Carolina, was indicted with her co-defendants Lloyd, Greene, James and Jeremy Strong, Latham and Pollard.  She is charged with distributing a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). 

LAWRENCE VONNELL GOODING, 53, of Kinston, North Carolina, was charged by Complaint with two counts of distributing cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)1)(A).

TAUREECE MATTHEWS, 30, of Kinston, North Carolina, was indicted on March 21, 2012, for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g); possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(k); and possessing a stolen firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(j).  It is alleged that on October 10, 2011, MATTHEWS possessed a Hi-Point, model JS45, .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.  MATTHEWS’ arraignment is currently set for August 15, 2012.

LARRY KINSEY, was charged in a five-count Indictment on July 2, 2012, with distributing a quantity of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A); unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1); and two counts of  distributing a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).  According to the Indictment the alleged offenses occurred from February 8, 2012, to March 28, 2012.

LAMAR ROUSE, 26, from Kinston, North Carolina, was charged by Indictment on April 3, 2012, with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924; possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).  ROUSE is currently scheduled to be arraigned on August 14, 2012.    

DONTRESZ HILL, 24, from Kinston, North Carolina, was indicted on September 16, 2011.  On March 14, 2012, HILL pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and 500 grams or more of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). He is scheduled for sentencing on September 6, 2012.

JOHNNY RAY SPARROW, JR., also known as Johnny Blaze, 41, of Kinston, North Carolina, was indicted on February 9, 2011.  At his arraignment on January 30, 2012, SPARROW pled guilty to distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). Sentencing has been set for August 6, 2012.

MCKINLEY FOGG, 30, of Kinston, North Carolina, was charged by Criminal Information on February 17, 2011, with conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana.  On April 11, 2011, he pled guilty to the charge.  According to the investigation, in April, 2010, a reverse cocaine deal was arranged whereby FOGG and his codefendant agreed to purchase four kilograms of cocaine from a government agent. FOGG was arrested when he arrived to purchase the cocaine. The investigation continued and in October, 2010, further information was received regarding FOGG’s drug activities. It was learned that FOGG conspired to distribte a total of approximately 13 kilograms of cocaine from 2009 to 2010.  On February 7, 2012, FOGG was sentenced to 132 months imprisonment.

ELTON GERALD JONES, 28, of La Grange, North Carolina,  was charged by Indictment on August 24, 2011.  On February 17, 2012, JONES, pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924.  According to the investigation, on March 31, 2011, Kinston Police officers noticed JONES acting suspiciously.  Officer approached a vehicle in which JONES had entered.  They noticed a strong order of marijuana and observed a “roach” on the floor of the car.  Upon searching the vehicle officers found rounds of 9mm ammunition and a room key to a motel.  In the motel room officers found additional rounds of 9mm ammunition and an unloaded 9mm pistol.  JONES is scheduled to be sentenced on July 19, 2012.

JAMES TURNER, II, 36, of Kinston, North Carolina, was charged by Indictment on February 23, 2011.  On May 16, 2011, TURNER pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).  According to the investigation, on August 1, 2010, officers were dispatched to investigate the identity of a male walking in the Washington Avenue area of Kinston, North Carolina.  Officers determined it was TURNER and after a search of TURNER, found a handgun in his right back pants’ pocket.  It was also determined that he had a prior felony conviction.  On October 28, 2011, TURNER was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment.

WAYNE COUNTY

ISIAH DENZEL YOUNG, 23, was charged by Superseding Indictment on December 21, 2011.  On April 23, 2012, YOUNG,  pled guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of a quantity of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, and using, carrying and possessing firearms during and in relation of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).  Sentencing has been set for September 4, 2012, term of court.

DEMORIS SINCLAIR THOMPSON, 20, co-defendant of Isiah Young, was also charged by Superseding Indictment.  On April 23, 2012, THOMPSON pled guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of a quantity of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, and using, carrying and possessing firearms during and in relation of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).  Sentencing is currently scheduled for August 6, 2012.

JOEL ARTIS, 36, of Goldsboro, was charged by Criminal Information on March 19, 2012, with possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).  On May 10, 2012, ARTIS pled guilty to the charge. According to the investigation, on March 28, 2011, Goldsboro police officers responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a shooting. ARTIS reported that he had been robbed and had sustained injuries during the robbery.  Further investigation revealed that ARTIS had been arranging a purchase of a half-pound of marijuana when YOUNG and THOMPSON had robbed him.   Sentencing has been set for August 6, 2012.

LESLIE NATHANIEL BANDY, also known as Pootsey, 28, of Kinston, North Carolina, was charged by Indictment with three counts of distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A); and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924.

ERIC JAMEL HENRY, 28, co-defendant of Young and Thompson, who are all from Goldsboro, North Carolina, was also charged in the December 21, 2011, by Superseding Indictment.  HENRY pled guilty at the April 23, 2012, arraignment to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of a quantity of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; possessing with the intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); and using, carrying and possessing firearms during and in relation of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).   The investigation revealed that on March 28, 2011, HENRY met an individual at the Lighthouse Store in Goldsboro. HENRY offered to sell the person some marijuana and set the drug deal for an hour later at another location. YOUNG walked up, got into the buyer’s car and handed the buyer a bag of marijuana. Once the deal was made, the buyer placed the marijuana in the back seat.  At the same time THOMPSON was seen by the buyer walking up next to the vehicle. As the buyer turned back to YOUNG, YOUNG was pointing a silver gun at him. THOMPSON got in the back seat, and the buyer grabbed his own gun and shot YOUNG. A fight ensued. Eventually YOUNG grabbed the gun and fled on foot with THOMPSON. Officers responding to the 9-1-1 call observed a car speeding away. The three were apprehended. Sentencing for HENRY is set for the August 6, 2012, term of Court.

JONATHAN MAURICE LAMB, 26, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, was charged by Indictment on August 10, 2011, with four counts of making false statements in relation to the acquisition of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(a)(1)(A).  According to the Indictment, on two separate occasions on October 9, 2010, LAMB made false statements during the purchase of a Masterpiece Arms, 9mm pistol, and a Taurus Model PT, .40 caliber pistol.  Again on November 15, 2010, and November 16, 2010, LAMB made false statements when trying to purchase a Ruger 9mm pistol and another Masterpiece Arms 9mm pistol, respectively.  During his acquisition of the firearms, it is alleged that LAMB claimed that he was buying the firearms for himself, although he was not.  

TIMOTHY SMITH, 32, also known as Little Boo, was indicted on June 27, 2012, for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base (crack), and three counts of distributing a quantity of cocaine base (crack), all in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).

LESEAN LEVILL DINGLE, 32, co-defendant of Timothy Smith, was charged in the same June 27, 2012, Indictment with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base (crack), and three counts of distributing a quantity of cocaine base (crack), all four counts are in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).

JERMAINE GREGORY, 34, also known as Bo and co-defendant of Smith and Dingle, who are all from Goldsboro, North Carolina, was charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base (crack), and distributing a quantity of cocaine base (crack), both counts are in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).

JOHN JAVIER SPEARMAN, 28, co-defendant of the three previously listed individuals, of Columbia, North Carolina, and was indicted for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); knowingly selling or disposing of a firearm to a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(d)(1); assault, with a dangerous weapon with the intent to steal, of a person having lawful charge of the United States mail, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2214; using and carrying a firearm during and in relationship to a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c); and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

DIDYMUS JAMAR BURL PEARSALL, 35, of Mount Olive, North Carolina, was indicted on August 24, 2011.  On November 15, 2011, PEARSALL pled guilty to possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(10(A).  According to the Indictment, in the course of selling a quantity of cocaine on March 4, 2011, PEARSALL possessed a Mossberg 20-gauge shotgun and a Rossi .38 Special revolver.  On February 27, 2012, PEARSALL was sentenced to 90 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. 

STEVEN ALTON CARLTON, 20, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, was charged on July 10, 2012, with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1); theft of a firearm from a person or the premises licensed to import, manufacture or deal in firearms, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(u); theft of a firearm from a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or collector, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(m).

JOHN ANTHONY GARCIA, 32, of Salemburg, North Carolina, was charged by Indictment on June 21, 2011.  On October 17, 2011, GARCIA pled guilty to conspiring to making false statement in acquisition of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.  On March 8, 2012, GARCIA was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

MARIE LEATHEAL GARCIA, 54, also of Salemburg, North Carolina, and  wife of John Anthony Garcia, was also charged by Indictment on June 21, 2011.  She pled guilty on October 17, 2011, to making false statements in relation to the acquisition of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.  According to the Indictment, from February 11, 2010, to May 28, 2010, MARIE GARCIA, made false statements when executing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 to purchase or attempt to purchase Beretta 9mm handguns.  After each purchase, she and JOHN GARCIA delivered the weapons to another individual in exchange for $100.  On March 8, 2012, MARIE GARCIA was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

ANTHONY DAVID BROWN, 23, was charged by Superseding Indictment on September 28, 2011.  On October 31, 2011, he pled guilty to conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).  From January 25, 2010, to April 14, 2010, BROWN and his five co-defendants committed 10 armed robberies in Wayne and Wilson counties. BROWN’s sentencing is currently set for August 6, 2012.

The Kinston Violent Crime Initiative, also called Operation Counterpunch by the USMS, has been an ongoing operation for over a year. Some defendants have already been arrested and prosecuted prior to today.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

 

 

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