“One Stop Shop Now Closed for Business”

On 05/12/2016 Lee County Sheriff Narcotics Agents and North Carolina ALE Agents arrested Magrianna Vernae McLain, a local 20 year old for numerous drug violations after agents initiated a traffic stop. While agents approached the vehicle a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle led agents to a large stash of drugs. Agents conducted a search of McLain’s vehicle which revealed 8.3 grams of heroin, 16.2 grams of crack cocaine, 5.5 grams of powder cocaine, and 19.6 grams of marijuana. McLain was transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing into the Lee County Jail.

McLain was arrested and charged with Possession with two counts of Trafficking Heroin, Possession with Intent to sell/deliver Heroin, Possession with Intent to sell/deliver Crack Cocaine, Possession with Intent to sell/deliver Marijuana, Maintain a Vehicle to sale narcotics and two counts of drug paraphernalia.

McLain was given a $125,000.00 secured bond and a first appearance court date of 05/13/2016 in Lee County.

National Police Week 2016

Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week—May 15-21—to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

This year, the names of 252 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 252 officers include 123 officers who were killed during 2015, plus 129 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

The names of all 252 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated during the 28th  Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2016 to be held on the National Mall between 4th and 7th streets. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live over the Internet beginning at 8 pm (EDT) on May 13th. To register for this free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.

The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2016. The national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

When you lock your doors tonight and go to bed, please think about those in your community that are on duty, there answering 911 calls and patrolling the streets.

Patton Street Man Arrested for Drugs

On Tuesday May 10th , 2016 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Walter Junior Bethea, age 43 of 2610 Patton Street Sanford.

Bethea was charged with 2 counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of selling Cocaine, 2 counts of felony maintaining a vehicle used to store and sell illegal controlled substance, and 2 counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bethea was jailed under a $75,000.00 secured bond.


IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls

LCSO would like to remind citizens to guard against scam phone calls from thieves trying to stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:
  • Scammers make unsolicited calls.  Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.

  • Callers try to scare their victims.  Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.

  • Scams use caller ID spoofing.  Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.

  • Cons try new tricks all the time.  Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.

  • Scams cost victims over $23 million.  The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam.
The IRS will not:
  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.

  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.

  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.
If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:
  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.
Phone scams first tried to sting older people, new immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language. Now the crooks try to swindle just about anyone. And they’ve ripped-off people in every state in the nation.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

LCSO - Gang Awareness Training

On Thursday, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the NC Division of Juvenile Justice hosted a Gang Awareness seminar at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center.  

Attendees included representatives from Boys & Girls Club of Lee County, NC Center for Safer Schools, Lee and Harnett county schools, 25 other law enforcement agencies, CCCC and other state-wide campus police agencies, including Federal Bureau of Investigations and a variety of workers including nurses and social workers from statewide centers for families.  Guest speakers included experienced gang investigators JP and Michelle Guarino.

Some of the topics covered were “Gangs 101”, “Gang Psychology”, “Interviewing and Communications”, “Program Development” and ended the day with Q/A panel discussion with some of our local leaders, including Bishop Charles Mellette (Christian Provision Ministries), Chris Autry (Assistant District Attorney),  Robert Reives Jr (Attorney and Representative in the General Assembly District 54), and Chris Mclean (Chaplain Sanford Correctional).  They fielded numerous questions from the audience about their involvement in the community and how to bring the community together to rid gang activity. They discussed it from the faith based side, issues within the court system and how gang activity affects prosecution of cases and shared personal stories.

“Gang Free North Carolina” is a gang prevention, intervention, suppression and policy organization committed to developing, promoting and sustaining state-wide strategies, policies and laws that will reduce criminal gangs and the associated criminal activity, to include injury and death. Most importantly, a Gang Free North Carolina will aid and assist North Carolinian's in every capacity in strategies and recommended programs to reduce gangs and gang violence.

Breakfast and lunch was provided by the Lee County and Harnett County Juvenile Crime Prevention Counsels!  (Thanks!)

For more information on NC Gangs, visit http://www.ncgangcops.org/#!gang-free-nc/gth3j