Man Arrested At Lee Senior for Felony Restraint/Abduction


5/22/2018            Bernardino Frutis Cruz (31) of 208 Makepeace St. Sanford was arrested after he picked up a 15 year old female student from Lee Senior High School without the permission of her parents. 


The Lee County Sheriff’s Office SRO on duty at Lee Senior recognized Cruz from being banned from the campus and witnessed the student get into his vehicle before the start of school.
Cruz was apprehended by SRO officer and was charged w felonious restraint, abduction of a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and trespassing; he was held under $50,000 secured bond.

Dalrymple Farm Road Man Arrested for Drugs


On Tuesday May 15th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Steven Miller of 399 Dalrymple Farm Road, Sanford. 

Miller was arrested processed and charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Marijuana, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of storage, sales and use of an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.


Miller was jailed under a $30,000.00 secured bond.

Three Arrested on Border Lee Farm Rd for Drugs


Early Thursday morning May 17th, 2018 at approximately 12:25am Lee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Border Lee Farm Road in regards to a suspicious vehicle in the area. Once in the area deputies located a vehicle sitting along the side of the road at the intersection of Ridge road and Border Lee Farm road, occupied by three individuals. When approaching the vehicle and making contact with the occupants Deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.

Deputies detained all occupants of the vehicle and notified the Lee County narcotics division of the activity taking place. Agents responded to the scene and a search of the passenger area was conducted. Deputies uncovered several illegal controlled substances throughout the vehicle. 

Agents arrested, processed and charged Corey Main Austin age 19, 0f 315 Claude White Road, Cameron, with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver 50 grams of Marijuana, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the storage, use and sells of illegal controlled substances, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Rashaan Antoine Cox age 21, of 1480 Line Road, Sanford, with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver 35 grams of Marijuana, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the storage, use and sells of illegal controlled substances, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Brianna Smith age 18, of 241 Lee Loop Road, Cameron, with one count of felony possession of one dosage unit of (crack) Cocaine, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Corey Austin and Rashaan Cox were jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond and Brianna Smith was jailed under a $5,000.00 secured bond.

Search Warrant Executed on St. Andrews Church Rd; Two Arrested


On Monday May 14th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division executed a search warrant on the residence located at 1401 St. Andrews Church Road, Sanford.

Agents encountered and detained three individuals in the process of entering the residence. After securing the residence, agents conducted a search and located approximately 3 grams of crystal meth, and 2 grams of marijuana.

Both David Christopher Winstead the property owner, and roommate Jason Ray Woody were both taken into custody.

David Christopher Winstead, the home owner was arrested, processed, and charged with one count of felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver crystal meth, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling place used for the purpose to store, sell and use illegal controlled substance, one count of misdemeanor possession of Marijuana, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Winstead was jailed under a $20,000.00 secured bond.

Jason Ray Woody was arrested, processed, and charged with one count of felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver crystal meth, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling place used for the purpose to store, sell and use illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Woody was also served with an outstanding felony warrant for arrest for probation violation. Jason Ray Woody was jailed under a $45,000.00 secured bond.   

Multiple Arrests Following String of Burglaries


Lee County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have solved a string of burglary cases in the Pendergrass Rd. area which began in mid-April and have filed the following charges on the following individuals:

·       Gilbert D. Stone (48) of 813 Pendergrass Rd. Sanford 
3 cts of Breaking and entering, 3 cts of felony possession of stolen goods, 3 cts of felony conspiracy.
Held under $20,000 secured bond

·      William Howard Hughes III (29) of 813 Pendergrass RD. Sanford
Breaking and entering, felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods, felony conspiracy
Held under $19,000 secured bond

·      Johnny Heyward Patterson (31) of 813 Pendergrass Rd. Sanford
3 cts of Breaking and Entering, 3 counts of felony larceny, 3 cts of possessing stolen goods, 3 cts of felony conspiracy.  Held under $70,000 secured bond
·       Andrew Tyler Yopp (26) Homeless
Breaking and entering, larceny possessing stolen goods and felony conspiracy.
Held under $10,000 secured bond.

·       Brenna Yopp (23) Homeless
Obtaining property by false pretenses.
Held under $5,000 secured bond

·      Jerry Evans Armstrong (59 ) Homeless
Obtaining property by false pretenses.
Held under $5,000 secured bond

·      Carla Hardee (34) of 707 Pendergrass Rd. Sanford
Obtaining property by false pretenses and larceny.
Held under $5,000 secured bond


Greensboro Man Arrested for Drugs & Stolen Firearm


On Friday May 11th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Kevin Jerome Wallace age 37 of 1709 Boone Street, Greensboro.

Wallace was arrested, charged and processed with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Oxycodone, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of storing and selling controlled substance, one count of misdemeanor possession of Marijuana, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of carrying a concealed weapon, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, and driving while license suspended.
Wallace was jailed under a $31,000.00 secured bond.    

Orchard Lane Man Arrested For Drugs and Illegal Firearm

On Tuesday May 8th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Jimanda Dwayne Gibbs, age 41, of 72 Orchard Lane, Sanford.

Gibbs was arrested, charged and processed for numerous felony narcotics violations. Gibbs was charged with two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of sell and deliver Cocaine, two counts of sell a controlled substance within 1000 foot of a park, and two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

When agents took Gibbs into custody agents located a small silver in color .22 caliber pistol on Gibbs person. Gibbs was also charged with 1 count of possession of a firearm by a felon, and carrying a concealed gun.

Gibbs was jailed under a $30,000.00 secured bond.

Ladies Night Out - June 22nd


Across the country, violent acts against females are on the rise, mostly because they are thought to be helpless victims.  Don’t allow yourself to be victim!  

FBI statistics show that on any given day in America;

 1 Burglary occurs every 12 seconds   
  1 Assault occurs every 29 seconds 
  1 Robbery occurs every 54 seconds  
  1 Rape occurs every 5 minutes 
  1 Murder occurs every 24 minutes

Female professionals from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting an effective ninety minute workshop for ladies of all ages, free of charge!  All you need is note taking material!   (ladies under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult)

BRING ALL YOUR FRIENDS (GROUPS WELCOME) / PLENTY OF SPACE AVAILABLE


This workshop will cover the following content:

Situational Awareness / Personal Safety / Domestic Violence / Safety Suggestions / Cyber Stalking / Predators & Victims / Self-Defense Weapons / Workplace Violence / Residential Security / Apartment Security / Scams / Travel Safety Tips / Internet Safety

Doors open at 6:30pm for free light refreshments; workshop starts at 7pm

Thanks to Manna Church Sanford for hosting this event!
1408 Burns Drive, Sanford (off Hawkins Ave near the Coca-Cola facility)

RSVP here please!
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F044FA8AD2BABFC1-ladies

C.E.R.T. Training Available to Citizens

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a training program that prepares community volunteers to help themselves, their families, and their neighbors in the event of a major disaster. During a major disaster, first responders may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will learn the skills needed to help save lives and protect property.

What do CERT teams do in an emergency?
Under the direction of the Lee County Director of Emergency Services, CERT volunteers provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims, providing damage assessment information and organizing other volunteers at a disaster site. Volunteers trained in CERT also offer a potential workforce for performing duties such as traffic and crowd control, shelter support and evacuation.

How does CERT help the community?
In addition to supporting emergency responders during a disaster, the CERT program builds strong relationships between the emergency responders and the people they serve. CERT teams also participate by helping with neighborhood emergency plans, exercises, emergency preparedness information and education.

The Benefits of CERT Training
We work with local agencies to provide some of the best and most interactive response training available. CERT training starts with a 21-hour basic course approved by FEMA and taught here in Lee County at the Central Carolina Community College’s Emergency Services Training Center. The basic course provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response. 

Participants learn to:
Anticipate hazards Extinguish small fires Conduct search and rescue operations Apply basic first aid Set-up medical treatment areas Help reduce survivor stress
**You may also participate in additional CERT related training including drills and exercises.**

Who Should Join CERT?
If you are at least eighteen years old, and have the desire to become involved you are eligible to join CERT. Now is the time to get involved and discover what other CERT Volunteers have already experienced learning to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. There is no cost for CERT training to Lee County residents, and there is a job for everyone, regardless of age or physical condition. 


Website:  http://www.certleeco.org/   (Lee County)
http://nc-cert.com/ (NC state-wide CERT)

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CERT-Lee-County-NC-1663711220549567/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CERTLeeCountyNC

The next member / Information meeting is scheduled for May 15th. If anyone is interested in attending, please email their staff to find out more information (email: pbturner@windstream.net
The next CERT Basic Course is scheduled for August 2018:
3 August 6-9PM
4 August 8AM - 5PM
10 August 6-9PM
11 August 8AM - 4PM

To register for this free training, contact Lee County CERT leaders:
Penny Turner at pbturner@windstream.net or Sparky Wilson at sparky.wilson06@gmail.com.  A valid ID will be required to register.

CERT: “Doing the greatest good, for the greatest number.”

Sanford Woman Arrested


On Tuesday May 1st, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Emily Anne Jackson, age 29, of 1815 Butler Street, Sanford.

Jackson was processed and charged for one count of felony possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance (MDMA), one count of possession of a controlled substance within a detention facility.

Jackson who was initially brought into the Lee County Jail on charges of Attempted 1st Degree Burglary, 
was found to be in possession of approximately 2 grams of “Molly” (MDMA) by jail staff early this morning.
Jackson was jailed under an additional $10,000.00 secured bond.

2018 Sheriff's Youth Academy

It's that time of year again to kick off the enrollment for the 2018 Sheriff's Youth Academy!

Parents/Guardians - This is NOT a "scared straight" program! It is for kids who WANT to attend!

This program is geared for youth 8-11 years old residing in Lee County ONLY! Slots are limited, don't delay.

Academy will be held July 23-27 at Lee County High School. The program is free of charge and we provide lunches & snacks.

To obtain an application; see the SRO assigned to your school, come by the Sheriff's Office or complete the form online and print/email (https://goo.gl/mhFckb).

Once the form is completed, you can email it (jbridges@leecountync.gov) or drop it off with Sgt Bridges at the Sheriff's Office. Please call 919-818-1366 with any questions!

Search Warrant Nets Nine For Drugs


On Tuesday April 17th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents executed a search warrant on a residence located at 4804 St. Andrews Church Road, Sanford.

In the course of the search agents located approximately 2 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 2 grams of Heroin, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Agents arrested, processed and charged Joseph Robert Pierce age 32, of 885 Hollywood Road, Sanford for one count of felony possession of Heroin, one count of felony possession of Meth, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, jailed under a $20,000.00 secured bond, Douglas Lamar Walters age 38, of 5104 Joe Mathews Road, Sanford, one count of felony possession of Heroin, one count of felony possession of Meth, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling place used for the use of an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, jailed under a $30,000.00 secured bond, Cheryl McNeill Roberts age 48, of 313 Wagon Wheel Lane, Sanford one count of felony possession of Heroin, one count of felony possession of Meth, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond, Shaquila Rayleen Perry age 26, of 80 Independence Way, Cameron one count of felony possession of Heroin, one count of felony possession of Meth, one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and served with an outstanding warrant for simple assault, jailed under a $11,000.00 secured bond, Stewart Ellis Thomas age 53, of 3614 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford one count of felony possession of Heroin, one count of felony possession of Meth, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond, Sarah Patterson Sloan age 30, of 306 Sheriff Watson Road, Sanford one count of felony possession of Heroin, one count of felony possession of Meth, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond, Jennifer Ferguson Godfrey age 40, of 5629 Buckhorn Road, Sanford one count of felony possession of Heroin, one count of felony possession of Meth, one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and served with an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, jailed under a $11,000.00 secured bond, and Joshua Allen Paige age 40, of 91 Boats Lane, Spring Lake one count of felony possession of Heroin, one count of felony possession of Meth, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling place used for the use of an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, jailed under a $30,000.00 secured bond.

In total 8 people were arrested in the course of this investigation. The last individual remains at large.

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On Wednesday April 18th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office uniform patrol Deputy’s arrested Brian Chad Batts. Batts, 49 of 4804 St Andrews Road, Sanford, had outstanding warrants for felony possession of Meth, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling place used for the use of an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Lee County Narcotics agents executed a search warrant for drugs on Batts residence located at 4804 St. Andrews Road, Sanford. Batts was not at the residence at the time of the raid and remained unable to locate. It was at approximately 1:24 am when Lee County uniform Deputy’s located Batts in a residence located at 5760 Edwards Road. Batts was arrested and transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, processed and charged with above charges. Batts was jailed under a $30,000.00 secured bond.
   

52 Year Old Woman Arrested At Sanford Motel For Drugs

On 04-16-2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Melissa Mae Snook, 52 years old of Room 111 of the Prince Motel, Sanford, for 2 counts of Possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, 2 counts of sell crack cocaine, 2 counts of Maintain a dwelling to sell crack cocaine and 2 counts of drug paraphernalia.

Snook was jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond.

65 Year Old Man Arrested At Sanford Motel for Drugs

On 04-16-2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Eronus McNeill, 65 years old of Room 111 of the Prince Motel, Sanford, for 3 counts of Possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, 3 counts of sell crack cocaine, 3 counts of Maintain a dwelling to sell crack cocaine and 3 counts of drug paraphernalia.

McNeill was jailed under a $30,000.00 secured bond.

Currie Drive Felon Arrested with Firearm

On Tuesday April 10, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Jerry Wayne Saunders age 44 of 208 South Currie Drive, Sanford. Saunders was found by agents to be illegally in possession of a firearm. Saunders was processed and charged with one count of possession of a firearm by convicted felon. Saunders was jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond. 

Sanford Man Arrested for Crack Cocaine

On Thursday April 12th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Demetrius Lamar Snipes, age 26 of 1213 Seventh Street, Sanford. Snipes was processed and charged with two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver (Crack) form Cocaine, two counts misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Snipes was jailed under $10,000.00 secured bond. 

Celebrate National Public Telecommunicator Week

During the week of April 8 – 14, 2018, emergency communications centers around the country will be celebrating their public safety telecommunicators in a variety of ways. One of the simplest and easiest ways to celebrate these professionals is through recognition of what they do every day, which is answer calls from our citizens during times of distress and emergency situations that are sometimes unimaginable. These professionals do this with grace and compassion.

These individuals not only answer non-emergency calls, they provide pre-arrival instructions to assist, guide and calm callers until units arrive onscene during emergency calls.  They are truly the “first”  first responder. 

This past year has been extremely challenging not only for our nation’s public safety first responders, but for public safety telecommunicators as well. There have been disasters and major emergencies that have occurred in every corner of our great country. From the devastating shootings of multiple innocent people, to the ravaging wild fires, the unbelievable flooding impact from multiple hurricanes and severe weather, public safety telecommunicators have remained vigilant and steadfast in their duties to assist those when they call for help.

Please give these individuals the respect and honor they deserve as we celebrate their week.  Take time out this week to pray for them, to do something nice for them, as they serve our community with compassion and professionalism behind the scenes!

Sheriff Tracy Carter Calls for Stronger Victims’ Rights Laws


Sheriff Tracy Carter Calls for Stronger Victims’ Rights Laws during the 2018

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week  

Sheriff Tracy Carter supports strengthening victims’ rights in North Carolina’s state constitution - giving crime victims an equal level of protection already given to the accused and convicted.



Legislation is currently being considered in the General Assembly, known as Marsy’s Law.  Among various rights contained in Marsy’s Law are rights that would allow victims to be a part of the court process if they choose - for proceedings like plea agreements or bail hearings. Another right would give victims the right to receive full and timely restitution from the defendant. 

During the last session of the Legislature, Marsy’s Law passed the state House with overwhelming bipartisan support and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate.

In recognition of all victims during the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 8-14), Sheriff Carter supports sending Marsy’s Law to North Carolina voters to decide on strengthening victims’ rights in the state constitution.

Reporting Suspicious Activity

"Am I witnessing a crime?" Most of us have found ourselves wondering this at some point or another. However, because we're not really sure, we tend to ignore what we have just seen and, hoping it wasn't so, we continue about our business.

People aren't suspicious, behavior is!

Always consider the CONTEXT for what you are witnessing and remember there may be a simple explanation for activity that at first glance appears suspicious. Here are a few behaviors that may be associated with criminal activity:


-Someone walking down the street looking into multiple vehicles and/or trying door handles to see if the doors will open.

-Someone taking a package from someone else's property (keep in mind that sometimes neighbors leave or pick up packages for other neighbors).

-A person who is not your neighbor walking around your neighbor's home and looking into windows, or trying to gain access by forcing open a window or door.

-A person knocking on your door and asking to speak with someone who does not live there and who may also go to other homes knocking on doors. This is a tactic used by people with the intent to burglarize to see if people are home. (Keep in mind that people may mistakenly go to the wrong home.)

-Someone claiming to represent a utility company who is either not wearing a uniform, does not produce identification upon request, or does not have a company logo vehicle.

-Someone using binoculars or other devices to peer into your or your neighbors' homes.

-At night, a person sitting inside a vehicle that you do not recognize with the lights off for extended period of time.

-A pushy salesperson not producing identification upon your request or asking to come into your home. (Remember, if you don't know them, don't open the door!  Ask them to leave their information at the door and you'll look at it later)

-A vehicle you do not recognize that is circling multiple times around the neighborhood.

Remember, if you think that a crime may be occurring, or that the safety of you or your neighbors may be at risk, don't hesitate to call 911. Your call could be the one that lets us put a stop to the break-ins or other serious crime in our community.

For non-emergencies or questions about department resources, please call 919-775-5531

Lee County Opioid Forum

The opioid problem in America is growing at a rapid pace every day and that rings true here in our very own community. My staff and I are constantly exploring ideas and programs to help with those affected by this epidemic. We implemented the Narcan program in 2016 and have had 10 reversals. We have also partnered with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, by partnering with this coalition our area representatives visit with those that have overdosed and offer them treatment and help. This isn't just a law enforcement problem, it's an entire community problem. We can make the arrests and save lives and offer help, but the community itself needs to encourage long term treatment, parents need to educate their kids, and the state and federal government must hold pharmaceutical companies and physicians accountable.  The courts need to impose strong prison sentences for those caught selling heroin and pills. If this problem has never touched your family, then consider yourself very blessed.  It will take all of us working together - from the federal government down to our local communities to curb this problem. My staff and I attended the Lee County Opioid Forum tonight. It was encouraging to learn about the work that Project Lazarus and Sandhills Center is doing, along with many other resources in our area. Many city and county officials were on hand as well as over 100 Lee county citizens.  We look forward to continuing our fight as a community to rid our county of this problem. Thank you to all that attended. The next meeting is May 24th at 6pm at the McSwain Center.

Operation Pill Seeker

Drug agents with Lee County Sheriff’s Office , North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Sanford Police Department began the first phase of arrest today for what agents have dubbed “Operation Pill Seeker”, an eight month investigation in an effort to reduce the number fraudulent prescriptions in the area.  Two individuals were arrested today which resulted in more than 53 felony drug related charges. At this point in the investigation it is apparent that the couple alone is responsible for nearly 5000 prescription pills making its way to the streets across Central North Carolina. If convicted of these drug charges both individuals could be facing more than 20 years in prison.

Operation Pill Seeker is an ongoing investigation that involves numerous agencies spanning widely across North Carolina. Agents are hoping that this investigation will help make a dent in the opioids available in Lee County as across North Carolina. 

On 04-04-2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Randy Dale Beasley, 37 years old of 2647 Mallard Cove Road, Sanford NC, 27330 for 4 counts of Trafficking Oxycodone, 2 counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver Oxycodone, 1 count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and 1 count of obtaining a controlled substance prescription by misrepresentation/withholding information. Beasley was jailed under a $400,000.00 secured bond.





On 04-04-2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested William Michael Berry, 46 years old of 227 Talley Avenue, Sanford NC, 27330 for 20 counts of Trafficking Oxycodone, 10 counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver Oxycodone, 3 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, 3 counts of obtaining a controlled substance prescription by misrepresentation/withholding information and 10 counts of Possess with intent to sell or distribute a controlled substance (Oxycodone) within 1000 feet of a school. Berry was jailed under a $1,000,000.00 secured bond.

Big Easter @ Lee County Fairgrounds

What an amazing day at the Lyons Club Lee County Fairgrounds for the annual Big Easter Event! Thank you Life Springs Church and all that were involved in making this free family event happen. Stronger communities are safer communities and this is just one example of how our county continues to come together.

Sanford Woman Arrested for Cocaine & Heroin


On Monday March 26th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Kristen Maree Stafford age 33 of 246 Beach End Road, Sanford. Stafford was found to be in possession of 1 gram of (crack) form Cocaine, and 1 gram of Heroin. Stafford was processed and charged with one count of felony possession of Heroin, one count of felony possession of Cocaine, one count of felony maintaining a motor vehicle used for the storage and use of illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stafford was jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond.

Spring Season Safety Tips!

As temperatures increase over the next several weeks, the Lee County Sheriff's Office would like to remind you to take the follow precautions as you enjoy the spring season:
-Always keep your home's doors and windows locked when you go to bed or leave your house, even if you are leaving for a short period.
-Secure all lawn and gardening equipment in your garage or a storage shed, and keep your garage doors closed at all times (even when you're doing work around the house).
-Put all ladders and other tools back into a secure storage area after you use them.
-Be aware of home improvements scams. If you did not solicit the contractor or salesman who shows up at your door unannounced, do not do business with that person.
-Always remember to close your car windows, take any valuables out of your car, and lock your doors every time you exit your vehicle, even if your vehicle is parked in your driveway.
-Get to know your neighbors! Let a trusted neighbor know if you are planning to travel this spring. Neighbors who know each other look out for each other.

Lee Ave Man Jailed for 32 Grams of Crystal Meth


Late Friday evening at approximately 11:15 pm Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Ryan Jon Witcome age 25 of 2200 Lee Avenue, Sanford. Witcome was found by agents to be in possession of 32 grams of crystal Methamphetamine.

Witcome was processed and charged with two counts of trafficking Methamphetamine, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the storage and sells of an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Witcome was jailed under a $100,000.00 secured bond.

Two Arrested For Drugs Following Search Warrant on Joe Matthews Rd

On Friday March 16th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents executed a search warrant on the residence located at 5104 Joe Matthews Road, Sanford. In the course of the search agents located approximately ½ a gram of crystal methamphetamines, 8 dosage units of Methylphenidate (stimulate used commonly to treat ADHD), classified as a schedule II controlled substance, and 4 grams of Marijuana. Agents arrested Amanda Christine Tillman age 44, and Douglas Lamar Walters age 38, both of 5104 Joe Matthews Road, Sanford.

Tillman was processed and charged with one count of felony possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance (Ecstasy), one count of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver Methylphenidate, two counts of felony possession of methamphetamine, one count of misdemeanor possession of Marijuana, two counts of felony maintaining a dwelling used for the storage and sales of illegal controlled substance, one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of possession of an illegal controlled substance within 1000ft of a school. 

Walters was processed and charged with one count of felony possession of methamphetamine, one count of misdemeanor possession of Marijuana, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling used for the storage and sales of illegal controlled substance, one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of possession of an illegal controlled substance within 1000ft of a school. Walters also received two additional charges when Walters attempted to hide on his person and enter the Lee County jail with 1.3 grams of Heroin. Walters was processed and charged with one count of felony possession of Heroin, and one count of felony possession of an illegal controlled substance within a detention facility. Tillman was jailed under a $50,000.00 secured bond and Walters was jailed under a $40,000.00 secured bond.    

Mark Your Calendars - Rabies Clinic

RABIES CLINIC
HOSTED BY:
Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Lee County Health Department
& Maple Springs Veterinary Clinic

Saturday, May 5, 2018
9AM to 11AM



(In the large parking lot between Horner Blvd. & Lee County Sheriff’s Office)


Shots - $7.00 each – CASH ONLY
·       Dogs MUST be on a leash
·       Cats & ferrets MUST be in a cage
·       Bring your pet’s proof of previous rabies vaccinations

Questions?
 Contact Sgt. Gilstrap at 919-775-5531 with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division


Bring your expired or unwanted RX pills to dispose of them properly

Staff will be onsite from 9-11 to handle gun permit requests too!

Sanford Man Charged with Felony Possession & Other Charges


On Thursday March 15th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Narcotics agents arrested Vincent Michael Herrion, age 30 of 1117 Juniper Drive Apt C, Sanford.

Herrion was found by agents to be in possession of 8 grams of powder form Cocaine, and 19 grams of Marijuana.

Herrion was processed and charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, one count of felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver Marijuana, one count of misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the storage and sales of an illegal controlled substance, one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of driving while license revoked, and one count of possession of an out of state driver’s license knowing same to be revoked.

Herrion was held under a $25,000.00 secured bond.  

Suspect Arrested Following Larcenies From Construction Sites


3/13/2018            Two separate reports were filed today in reference to larcenies from construction sites.  A backhoe from a construction site located at 8024 Royal Dr. in Carolina Trace and a skid steer tractor from 4792 Cox Mill Rd., Sanford. 

Jeremy Keith Coley (35) of 4524 Cox Mill Rd. Sanford was arrested in both cases and charged w/ felony larceny, larceny from a construction site and possessing stolen goods; he was held under $50,000 secured bond.

Lee County Citizen Appreciation Day


B.T. Bullock Career Fair

Thank you to Mrs Clarke and Mrs O’Shaughnessy for including us each year in the B.T. Bullock career fair. The students had so many great questions this morning! I believe we will have many new deputies and leaders that come from these hallways in the future. And of course Ms Ella made our day with a delivery of M&M’s!

Joint Operation; Wilmington Man Arrested


On Thursday March 8th 2018 while in the course of a joint operation Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents, assisted by the North Carolina SBI, and detectives from New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Rashiem Darnell Mooring, age 25 of 486 Grove Court Wilmington, NC.

Mooring was entered wanted for two counts of attempted first degree murder, one count of 1st degree burglary, one count of attempted robbery with a firearm/dangerous weapon, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a firearm/dangerous weapon.

New Hanover authorities said the incident occurred this past Christmas Eve and Mooring fled the Wilmington area shortly after. Mooring was apprehended while at work in the parking lot of Cloverleaf Cold Storage located in Sanford. It’s believed that Mooring fled Wilmington and had began living in Fayetteville, NC.

Mooring was taken into custody by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and transported back to Wilmington NC to be processed for the above mentioned charges. Mooring is currently being held under a $2,000,000.00 secured bond in the New Hanover County Detention Center.    

March is Tornado Awareness Month

March is the beginning of tornado season.  We've seen, first hand in Lee county, no one is immune from the wrath of nature's destructive storm systems.

Now is a good time to establish a plan for your family in the event of one of nature's nasty surprises. Every household should have a well-thought out plan and have emergency supplies handy.  In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and 1500 injuries. Tornadoes can happen any time of the year and any time of the day. In our area, peak tornado occurrence is March through May and most likely to occur between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm, but can occur at any time of the day or night.

One of the first things I encourage our citizens to do is to sign up for our free notification system, Code Red.  Click here for more information. 

Next, visit the Lee County website here to obtain further information and downloadable information and visit the Kids Corner site here for your little ones to assist them in understanding weather and how to prepare for this yearly occurrence. 


Here are several links that were published in regards to the tornado that touched down in Lee county in recent years and safety information links.


https://goo.gl/92iWKH (Damage survey completed by NC State)

https://goo.gl/r8EsHb (Tornado damage photos from Lee county)

For more information, visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/tornado/

http://www.leecountync.gov/Content/departments/oes/documents/tornado-fact-sheet.pdf

Sanford Man Arrested with LSD


On Wednesday February 28th, 2018 Lee County Narcotics agents arrested Emilio Gonzalez, age 25 of 323 N. Steele Street, Sanford.

Gonzalez was found in possession of 1 dosage unit of LSD. Gonzalez was processed and charged with possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance (LSD), and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Gonzalez was jailed under a $2,500.00 secured bond. 

Sanford Man Evading Arrest; Turns Himself In


On Tuesday February 27th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Calvin Deangelo Fox age 33, of 604 Charlotte Avenue, Sanford. 

After seven days evading law enforcement, Fox turned himself in to Deputies. 


Fox was processed and charged with three counts of trafficking Cocaine, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling for the storage and sales of an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Fox was jailed under a $100,000.00.    

Operation Leader A Success For Local Area Agenices


Hats off to Chief Temme, his staff and the other law enforcement professionals for their valiant effort seeing this operation to the end and honored that the Lee County Sheriff's Office could assist!


On February 20, 2018, Lee Marvin Harris Junior, age 32, of Aberdeen and Charlotte, North Carolina was arrested culminating a yearlong investigation by the Southern Pines Police Department in an undercover operation titled “Operation Leader.”  Lee Marvin Harris Junior has a prior history of drug convictions in Moore County, North Carolina dating back to 2007.  These drug convictions included, but are not limited to, Felony Possession of Cocaine (two separate convictions), Felony Possession of Marijuana, as well as other drug related offenses that occurred in Guilford County and Moore County, North Carolina.

Investigators from the Southern Pines Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division developed information that Lee Marvin Harris Junior, and the other accused individuals listed below, were distributing cocaine and heroin in Southern Pines, NC.  This criminal activity was associated with a continuing gang related criminal enterprise and conspiracy.  Lee Marvin Harris Junior has been identified as a prominent member of an organized street gang, who identify themselves as the “Dope Boys Clique” or “DBC.” As a result of this investigation, search warrants were executed at 803 Sycamore Street, Aberdeen, NC, 1090 W. Indiana Avenue, Southern Pines, NC, 8009 Andover Creek Drive, Unit 1702, Charlotte, NC, 11866 U.S. 15/501, Aberdeen, NC and 5102 Timber Ridge Drive, Sanford, NC. An additional search occurred in Davie County, NC.

The following items of evidence were recovered as a result of this investigation: Over twenty (20) kilograms of Cocaine, two (2) pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine, five (5) ounces of heroin, six (6) Firearms (one listed as stolen), in excess of $85,000.00 U.S. Currency and one (1) 2009 Toyota Venza.

The following departments/agencies or organizations assisted in bringing this yearlong investigation to a successful conclusion: Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Bureau of Investigation, Aberdeen Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Winston Salem Police Department, Davie County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina National Guard.  

Chief Bob Temme offered the following statement upon the successful conclusion of this yearlong effort led by the Southern Pines Police Department: 

“Operation Leader was the mission name of a successful air attack conducted by the United States against German shipping vessels during World War II. Operation Leader damaged the German war effort by considerably disrupting the German convoy system.  Today, we have disrupted an extensive drug trafficking syndicate and convoy system in Southern Pines. Our extraordinary community is a better, safer place for all as a result of these arrests.

The following individuals have been arrested:

Lee Marvin Harris Junior, age 32, of Aberdeen and Charlotte, North Carolina has been arrested and charged with Trafficking Cocaine, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for the Storage and Sale of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Heroin, Trafficking in Opium/Heroin, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess a Controlled Substance within 1000’ of a School and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  Lee Marvin Harris Junior was taken before a Moore County Magistrate and has been incarcerated in the Moore County Detention Center under a $9,000,000.00 secured bond. Lee Marvin Harris Junior has a court appearance on March 13, 2018 in Moore County District Court.

Lee Marvin Harris Senior, age 58, of Aberdeen, North Carolina has been arrested and charged with Trafficking Cocaine, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for the Storage and Sale of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession with the Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine. Lee Marvin Harris Senior was taken before a Moore County Magistrate and has been incarcerated in the Moore County Detention Center under a $5,000,000.00 secured bond. Lee Marvin Harris Senior has a court appearance on March 13, 2018 in Moore County District Court.

Lamar Orlando Sealy, age 33, of Southern Pines, North Carolina has been arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess a Controlled Substance within 1000’ of a School, Trafficking in Cocaine, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for the Storage and Sale of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Lamar Orlando Sealy was taken before a Moore County Magistrate and has been incarcerated in the Moore County Detention Center under a $6,000,000.00 secured bond. Lamar Orlando Sealy has a court appearance on March 13, 2018 in Moore County District Court.

Lisa Ann Duncan Hanami, age 31, of Charlotte, North Carolina has been arrested and charged with Trafficking Cocaine and Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for the Storage and Sale of a Controlled Substance.  Lisa Ann Duncan Hanami was taken before a Moore County Magistrate and has been incarcerated in the Moore County Detention Center under a $75,000.00 secured bond. Lisa Ann Duncan Hanami has a court appearance on March 13, 2018 in Moore County District Court.

Christian Jovonn Terry, age 32, of Southern Pines, North Carolina has been arrested and charged with Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for the Storage and Sale of a Controlled Substance, and Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possess a Controlled Substance within 1000’ of a School. Christian Jovonn Terry was taken before a Moore County Magistrate and has been incarcerated in the Moore County Detention Center under a $5,000,000.00 secured bond. Christian Jovonn Terry, has a court appearance on March 13, 2018 in Moore County District Court.

Shuanda Bridges Fox, age 49, of Sanford, North Carolina has been arrested and charged with Trafficking Cocaine by Possession, Trafficking Cocaine by Manufacturing, Trafficking Cocaine by Transportation, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for the Storage and Sale of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Shuanda Bridges Fox was taken before a Lee County Magistrate and has been incarcerated in the Lee County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. Shuanda Bridges Fox has a court appearance on March 19, 2018 in Lee County District Court.

Cervantes Gomez Gonzalo, age 27, of Misatlanta Mexico has been arrested and charged with Trafficking Cocaine, Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Methamphetamines, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for the Storage and Sale of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Cervantes Gomez Gonzalo was taken before a Davie County Magistrate and has been incarcerated in the Davie County Detention Center under a $1,000,000.00 secured bond.

Calvin Deangelo Fox age 32, of 604 Charlotte Avenue, Sanford, is entered as a wanted felon by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for the crimes of Trafficking Cocaine by Possession, Trafficking Cocaine by Manufacturing, Trafficking by Transportation, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling Place for the Storage and Sale of a Controlled Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. To provide information regarding the location of  Calvin Deangelo Fox, please contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, (919) 775-5531 or the Lee County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (919) 718-4577.