Registered Sex Offender Arrested For Using Social Media

      10/24/2014     Johnny Wayne Norris (23) W/M of 2871 Nicholson RD. Cameron NC was arrested this morning after an investigation by Lee County Sheriff Detectives.

Norris, a registered sex offender, was found to be using a social networking website; MeetMe.  Registered sex offenders are not allowed to have or use a social networking website that maybe used to contact potential victims.

Norris was charged w/ one count of using of a social website by a registered sex offender. Norris is on probation for the same offense. He was held under $100,000 secured bond.

Local Restaurant Owner Arrested For Trafficking


A joint investigation conducted by Narcotics Divisions from Lee County Sheriff’s office, Moore County Sheriff’s office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Sanford Police Department, U.S. DEA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security lead to the arrest of Armando Moreno Sanchez, 44,  of 183 Moody Road Sanford.

Armando Moreno Sanchez (owner of La Sirenas restaurant located at 2902 Industrial Dr in Sanford) was arrested and charged with 2 counts of trafficking Methamphetamines by possession, 2 counts of trafficking Methamphetamines by sell, 2 counts of trafficking Methamphetamines by delivery, 2 counts of felony maintaining a store being used for unlawfully keeping or selling controlled substances, 2 counts of drug paraphernalia. Sanchez was jailed under a $25,000.00 bond.   

"SPICE" - The Drug People Are Dying For

What Is Synthetic Marijuana — Spice or K2?

Synthetic marijuana refers to a mixture of herbs, incense, and other leafy materials that are sprayed with a chemical that mimics the effects of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Many people believe "Spice" to be a safe and non-toxic substitute for marijuana. However, Spice can be more dangerous than marijuana because its chemicals are three to five times more potent than the THC found in marijuana.
Moreover, a number of medical reports contain stern warnings about the substance. What many people don't know about "Spice" is that the side effects can be very bad, even resulting in death.

What Are the Side Effects?

Some of the most commonly reported side effects of K2 are:
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Temporary paralysis of motor skills
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Uncontrollable Sweating
  • High body temperature
  • Manic rage
  • Delusions
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Stroke
  • Death
Some users have reported that they had suicidal thoughts after using K2, but had not felt suicidal in any way before using the drug. One teenager explained that it felt like his heart was pounding so hard he thought it would explode. Five teenagers from Cleveland reported abdominal, back, and flank pain after smoking synthetic marijuana. They were hospitalized and required dialysis treatments even though they had shown no prior health problems. Thankfully, all involved began to show signs of recovery within three days.
Because the drug is so new, there is no research on the longterm of effects of "Spice" use, such as whether it can cause cancer or damage memory. Some reports suggest that the substance may contain heavy metals, which can cause longterm health damage.

Spice: A Bad Trip

If the above list of side effects hasn't convinced you that Spice can be an incredibly unpleasant drug, then I would urge you to check out the video below where you can see someone experiencing a range of unpleasant side effects.
WARNING: the video contains explicit language and its contents may be disturbing, so watch at your own discretion.

Is Spice Legal?

Often sold under the brand name of K2 or Spice, synthetic marijuana used to be easily purchased from gas stations, convenience stores, smoke shops, or online brokers. As of 2010, several states including North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, California, New York, Pennsyvania, Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas have passed statewide bans on synthetic cannabinoids.
in 2012 President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act, which prohibited those substances at the federal level. However, because these laws prohibit specific compounds, manufacturers have responded by altering the composition of their product to evade the prohibitions.

Is It Worth the Risk?

Studies have found that the side effects of Spice can be harmful and even deadly in some cases. The Gateway Foundation for Alcohol & Drug Treatment out of Illinois says that Spice and K2 have extremely harmful side effects and that teens and adults should avoid them altogether.
Smoking Spice may cause a relaxed mellow sensation or extreme psychological anxiety and physical suffering. The high that these substances produce is very inconsistent for the users because the chemical mixture and potency can vary from package to package. Even users smoking from the same package can have radically different reactions. As such, it is difficult to predict what possible side effect Spice will have on an individual user.
Moreover, there hasn't been sufficient research done on Spice to definitively identify its harmful consequences. While scientists know Spice is harmful - based on the rise of emergency room visits and calls to poison control centers by people who've ingested Spice - they can't yet tell you how it's bad for you.
John W. Huffman, a chemist at Clemson University, and inventor of the first synthetic cannabinoids, declared that "It is like Russian roulette to use these drugs." He went on to say that “Their effects in humans have not been studied and they could very well have toxic effects. They absolutely should not be used as recreational drugs.”

Treatment Options for Spice Addiction

Support Groups. 12-step programs have a long track record of helping people recover from all sorts of addictions. 

Marijuana Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous would be great places to start.

Talk to your family or friends. If you have a trusted friend and family member you can turn, he or she could put you in touch with a counselor or help you make plans for treatment if you're unable to do it yourself. Most importantly, knowing that someone is there for you and loves you can be an enormous benefit. Most addicts feel shame, so the more people we can tell, the less shame we'll feel and the easier it will be to get the help we need.
Talk to your family doctor. Even if your physician isn't familiar with Spice addiction per se, she should be able to help you locate a specialist and can potentially refer you for mental health counseling.

Call an Addiction helpline. Counselors in the field are becoming increasingly familiar with Spice and have received training in its effects. Calling a helpline and talking to an addiction specialist can be a safe way to get the help and support you need.

Carolina Trace Resident - Latest Arrest For Drug Investigation

Late yesterday afternoon a month long investigation into a mid-level Heroin trafficking supplier located in Lee County came to an end.

The investigation conducted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of investigations, United States DEA, United States Homeland Security and the Sanford Police Department, lead to the arrest of Rene Omar Anderson age 57 of 1802 Irish Boulevard Sanford NC, 27330.

Anderson, a resident of the Carolina Trace Community, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of trafficking Heroin by possession, 2 counts of trafficking Heroin by sell, 2 counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Heroin, one count sell and deliver Heroin, 5 counts of felony maintaining a dwelling place for the storage of controlled substance and 3 counts of drug paraphernalia. Anderson was jailed under a $425,000.00 secured bond.     

Joint Operation Nets Fifteen Arrests and Much More

A year long investigation into a high level cocaine and crystal methamphetamine trafficking organization conducted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of investigations, United States DEA, United States Homeland Security and the Sanford Police Department, lead to the arrest of 15 individuals.

Of these individuals, seven were local Lee County residents and the remaining lived outside our county and/or were arrested outside of the state of North Carolina.

During the course of this investigation agents were able to seize approximately 9 3/4 kilos of powder form cocaine, one half a kilo of crack form cocaine, and 11 1/2  kilos of crystal form Methamphetamines.

The combined street values of the seized narcotics totals $3.4 million. Agents were also able to locate and seize nearly $450,000.00 in U.S. currency as well as numerous personal assets.  

Due to the nature of this investigation, names of the suspects arrested and details will be released at a later time.  Further arrests are also expected.

Halloween Safety Tips

Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins, and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween.  Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun. 

The Sheriff reminds all Lee County residents to follow these safety tips:
·         Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
·         Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
·         Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
·         At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

·         Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
·         Check the sex offender registry at when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route.  You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.
·         Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.  Know the names of older children's companions.
·         Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group.
·         Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
·         Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home.
·         Establish a return time.
·         Tell your youngsters not to eat any treats until they return home.
·         Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
·         All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
·         Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address, and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group. 
Costume Design:
  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
  • Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
  • Make sure that shoes fit well to prevent trips and falls.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.

Face Design:
  • Do not use masks as they can obstruct a child's vision.  Use facial make-up instead.
  • When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives," "Laboratory Tested," "Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic." Follow manufacturer's instruction for application.
  • If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.

  • Knives, swords, and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials.  Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  • Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
  • Carrying flashlights with fresh batteries will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

While Trick-or-Treating:
  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
  • Walk; do not run, from house to house.  Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, if there are no sidewalks.

  • Give children an early meal before going out.
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
  • Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.
  • Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped or has a strange odor, color, or texture.

  • Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
  • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps, and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from curtains, decorations, and other combustibles that could catch fire. 
  • Do not leave your house unattended.