Joint investigation nets 7 drug arrests; 1 other pending

By: By William R. Toler - Editor

Seven Anson men have been served with warrants following a two-year drug investigation.

Detectives with the Wadesboro Police Department and special agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation began targeting street-level drug sales in 2016, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

The investigation, concluded July 3, led to the arrests of seven men on cocaine and marijuana charges.

Willie E. Parsons and Charles E. Rivers are charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; selling cocaine; and delivering cocaine.

Parsons — along with Nicklaus D. Thompson, Lorenza E. Polk, Sherod D. Hill, Clinton Ingram and Travis D. Pickett — is also charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, selling marijuana and delivering marijuana.

Warrants have been issued for an eighth defendant, who has not yet been arrested or named.

In the release, the department thanked the SBI for its assistance “and continued hard work keeping the citizens of Wadesboro and countless other communities in North Carolina safe.”

No charges for Parsons or Rivers appeared on the state court system website Tuesday afternoon.

Online court records show Thompson is also facing a felony marijuana possession charge, as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana parapheranlia, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer. He is scheduled to appear in court on those charges July 23.

Hill was arrested nearly a year ago for allegedly shooting and killing Ella Marie Campbell and severely injuring James David Taylor. He is charged in that case with one count each of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Hill also has the following pending charges: two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle; possession of a stolen motor vehicle; felony conspiracy; possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana; second-degree burglary; larceny after breaking and entering; two misdemeanor counts of possessing up to a half-ounce of marijuana; possession of marijuana paraphernalia; and carrying a concealed gun.

Pickett has several pending traffic infractions, as well as felony charges of obtaining property by false pretenses and three forgery crimes, records show.

Without birth dates, the Record was unable to verify criminal histories with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information on drug activity is encouraged to call the department at 704-694-2167. Callers may remain anonymous.

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By William R. Toler