Several law enforcement agencies teamed up to arrest suspects on drug charges in the culmination of a successful year-long operation on Thursday morning. This reporter rode with officers to the scenes.
The Anson County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation, which also included the Polkton Police Department and ALE. Lilesville police also assisted in the investigation.
Law enforcement officials made arrests in several towns in Anson County on drug-related and other charges. Firearms, money, cocaine, marijuana and other items were seized during the arrests.
In the last several days, officials arrested eight suspects, leaving 20 to find. This morning, officials arrested 14 of the remaining suspects in a matter of hours. “Over the past three campaigns, we’ve averaged arresting about 30 people per campaign,” one officer said. “We normally arrest an average of 50 percent of our list on a roundup like this, so we’d have been happy with 10[suspects].”
Several of those arrested lived in Ansonville, and of those, all were related to each other. One was a federal fugitive. Several non-related suspects were arrested in Morven and Polkton. Three were arrested during a traffic stop in Polkton, with two in the car and the third suspect walking through the woods toward the car. Others were arrested at various residences.
Kelvin Horne, Jonathan Horne, Marcus Dunlap, Damion Horne and Alberta Davis, all related, were among those arrested in Ansonville. Greg Kirk, Justin “Porkchop” Shifflett and James “Scooter” Ratliffe were arrested in Polkton. Tonda Jordan was arrested in Morven. All denied any illegal activities.
“They just said they was looking for me,” Damion Horne said. “They didn’t say what for.”
The operation has been under way for about the last year. Leading up the arrests, undercover officers purchased drugs from some of the suspects and testifying informants contributed information to the investigation.
“This is an ongoing process,” one officer said. “You never know when we’re going to your neighborhood.”
More photos and details on further suspects and the operation will be in next Wednesday’s issue of The Anson Record.