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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Eight Current and Former Law Enforcement Officers, Four Correctional Officers, and Others Sentenced for Their Participation in Drug Distribution Conspiracy

Greenville - Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and United States Attorney John Stuart Bruce announced that eight current and former law enforcement officers, four correctional officers and two other individuals have been sentenced for their participation in trafficking narcotics and narcotics proceeds for a purported large-scale drug trafficking organization. The individuals used their affiliation with law enforcement to make money by protecting shipments of purported narcotics and narcotics proceeds.


Senior United States District Court Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced the following 14 defendants on a variety of charges, including conspiracy to distribute illegal narcotics, firearm charges and bribery charges: Lann Tjuan Clanton, 38, of Garysburg, NC was sentenced to 195 months; Ikeisha Jacobs, 33, of Rich Square, NC, was sentenced to 120 months; Jason Boone, 31 of Henrico, NC, was sentenced to 96 months; Wardie Vincent Jr., 37, of Henrico, NC, was sentenced to 72 months; Adrienne Moody, 38 of Roanoke Rapids, NC was sentenced to 87 months; Cory Jackson, 45, of Garysburg, NC, was sentenced to 87 months; Jimmy Pair Jr., 50, of Pleasant Hill, NC, was sentenced to 87 months; Curtis Boone, 37, of Gaston, NC, was sentenced to 87 months; Thomas Jefferson Allen, 39 , of Roanoke Rapids, NC, was sentenced to 87 months; Alaina Sue-Kam-Ling, 27, of Charlotte, NC, was sentenced to 38 months; Kavon Phillips, 26, of Rich Square, NC, was sentenced to 57 months; Alphonso Ponton, 44, of Weldon, NC, was sentenced to 48 months; Crystal Pierce, 32, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, was sentenced to 6 months; and Tohsa Dailey, 37, of Garysburg, NC, was sentenced to 24 months.


According to factual statements made in connection with the defendants’ guilty pleas, at the time of the crimes charged, Jacobs, Jason Boone, Pair Jr., Curtis Boone and Allen were Deputy Sheriffs at the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office; Clanton, Vincent Jr. and Jackson were former law enforcement officers; Moody, Sue-Kam-Ling, Phillips and Ponton were correctional officers; and Dailey was a 911 dispatch operator for Northampton County.


John Stuart Bruce, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, stated: "Our office was pleased to partner with the FBI and the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section in this important case. When law enforcement officers breach their public trust by agreeing to assist criminal organizations for profit, they must be held accountable, as was done in this prosecution."


"They vowed to protect and serve, but instead these law enforcement officers sold their badges to line their own pockets. Public corruption is the number one criminal priority of the FBI and we will work aggressively to protect the public trust," said John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina.


The charges stemmed from a large-scale undercover investigation into allegations of systemic law enforcement corruption in Northampton County. Admissions made in connection with the defendants’ guilty pleas revealed that during the course of the undercover investigation, the defendants aided in transporting purported illegal narcotics and illegal narcotics proceeds through North Carolina and elsewhere in exchange for thousands of dollars of payments.


In May 2017, a jury convicted a fifteenth defendant, Antonio Tillmon, 34, of Windsor, NC of drug, firearm and bribery charges relating to this scheme. Tillmon, a former North Carolina police officer, will be sentenced on Aug. 8, 2017. All 15 defendants indicted in this case have now been convicted of various offenses.


The case was investigated by the FBI’s Charlotte Division, Raleigh Resident Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Toby W. Lathan of the Eastern District of North Carolina and Trial Attorneys Lauren Bell and Molly Gaston of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.

Public Corruption
Updated June 15, 2017