Arrests Made in Cocaine Distribution Case in Brunswick County
WILMINGTON – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announces the arrests of two of three defendants pursuant to a federal indictment for drug related charges.
An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on January 30, 2018, against RODNEY TROY WILLIAMS, 49 years of age, of Bolivia, NC, JESSICA NICOLE MILLIKEN 30 years of age, of Leland, NC and KIMBERLY JOE COLEMAN, 51 years of age, of Southport, NC. The indictment charges the three defendants with conspiracy to possess and intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) in Brunswick County beginning in or about 2014, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury and continuing up to at least April 10, 2017.
WILLIAMS and MILLIKEN were arrested in April 2017 by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and are currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Center facing state charges related to distribution of crack cocaine. They will be transferred into federal custody. COLEMAN is currently being sought by law enforcement.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the FBI's Coastal Criminal Enterprise Task Force (CCETF) which is made up of the FBI, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The CCETF was formed in July 2016 to combat the rise of heroin distribution along the coast.