Four More Dealers Off The Street

Drug dealers...Close up shop or go to jail.

Which one did they pick?

On Wednesday November 13, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Al Junior Snipes age 28 of 56 Rocksberry Court Sanford. Snipes was charged with 2 counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of felony maintaining a vehicle for unlawfully keeping or selling controlled substances and 2 counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Snipes was jailed under a $75,000.00 secured bond. Snipes was found in possession of 13 dosage units at the time of his arrest.

Also arrested in connection to the crime Franklin Deon Dorsett age 29 of 1603 Carr Creek Drive Sanford, was charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver Cocaine. Dorsett who was paroled two days prior was jailed under a $1,000,000.00 secured bond.

Further investigation lead Lee County Narcotics agents to charge Al Junior Snipes  on November 19th with felony illegal possession of food stamps as well, which drastically increased his bond from  $75,000.00 to $150,000.00 secured.

On Wednesday November 19, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested William Evon Snipes Jr. age 23 of 1213 7th Street Sanford NC, 27330. Snipes was charged with 3 counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, 3 counts of sell and deliver Cocaine, 3 counts of felony maintaining a vehicle for unlawfully keeping or selling controlled substances and 3 counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Snipes was jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond.

On Friday November 21, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested William Henry Kottcamp V. Kottcamp age 68 of 2006 Colon Road Sanford was charged with 1 count of trafficking Opium by possession, 1 count of trafficking Opium by sell, 1 count of trafficking Opium by delivery, possession with the intent to sell and deliver 3 dosage units of Oxycodone and felony maintaining a dwelling that was used for keeping and selling controlled substance. Kottcamp was jailed under a $120,000.00 secured bond.

12 Scams of Christmas

Tis the season to be wary, fa la la la la la la la la.
The holidays are just around the corner and as we prepare for the excitement and mayhem of holiday planning and shopping, we must not forget that we are not alone. Cybercriminals, too, are looking forward to the hubbub of holiday cheer, readying themselves to take advantage of various aspects of our lives: our desire to spend time with our families, our socially connected lifestyles, our penchant for owning mobile devices, and our collective good spirit.
Listed below are 12 of the most popular holiday cyber scams. Take a look, spread awareness amongst your family and friends, and keep everyone Internet-safe and happy.

Taking advantage of your family
Hotel “wrong transaction” malware emails
Many of us travel over the holidays to unwind, recharge and refresh ourselves. Whether we’re traveling to see friends and family or vacationing with loved ones, all we want to do is to spend some time alone with the people we care about. One of the last things on our minds is to worry about scams, but cybercriminals have created a way to take advantage of our desire for some family time. Scammers have taken to sending out emails that appear to be from a hotel, notifying recipients of a “wrong transaction” that has been charged to their credit cards. Of course, this type of notice is alarming to anyone who receives it, and generally, their first instinct is to download the attached refund form to get their money back. And with a click of a button, victims download malware onto the machines, and there’s no telling what sorts of mischievous activities will follow.
Tip: Play it safe and remember to never open an email from an unfamiliar sender. When in doubt, always call the establishment from which the email seems to have been delivered.

Mystery shopper scams

The holidays would not be complete without holiday shopping for your loved ones, and we could all use a little extra cash to get the perfect gift for that special someone. Some of us pick up seasonal jobs to help finance the gift-giving season, and one of the most popular jobs is that of the mystery shopper, hired to go undercover at a store and report back about the customer service they received. Taking advantage of our generous and hardworking spirit, cybercriminals have taken to sending out text messages to “recruit” mystery shoppers, instructing them to call a number to inquire about the position. Once they call, criminals request their personal information, including credit card and bank account numbers.
Tip: Always remember that legitimate companies would never ask for this information or recruit employees with text messages.

Taking advantage of your connected lifestyle

“I’m away from home” scams
Are you connected to people you don’t know on social networks like Facebook? And do you openly broadcast your travel plans and whereabouts? You can probably see where this is going – there is an inherent risk with letting people know that you will be away from home. Burglars can be pretty tech savvy, and in this day and age, online searches can easily turn up anyone’s home address, and publicizing that your home will be vacant is almost akin to inviting someone to rob you.
Tip: Don’t connect with people you don’t know, and don’t publicize that your home will be empty and open for burglary.

Phony Facebook promotions and contests

It’s not uncommon for companies to advertise great deals and contests on Facebook, and generally, when we see promotions and prizes that look interesting, our first reaction is to sign up. After all, who doesn’t love getting free stuff and saving money? Cybercriminals know this, and will create phony promotions and contests to lure participants, request them to fill out multiple surveys with their personal information, and then pass on this information to spam and telemarketing companies.
Tip: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There is no such thing as a free lunch, and your personal information is much more valuable than anything that any company could offer.

Scareware, or fake antivirus software

Scare is fake antivirus software that tricks users into believing that their computer is at risk of infection, or is already infected, so they agree to download and pay for phony software. With an estimated one million victims worldwide falling for this scam every day, this is one of the most common and dangerous Internet threats. In October 2010, McAfee reported that scareware represented 23 per cent of all dangerous Internet links. Since many consumers typically receive new computers for the holidays, we expect an increase in scareware scams.
Tip: The safest way to go about purchasing security software is by going directly to the website of legitimate vendors or well-established retail outlets.

Malicious content and websites

We tend to spend more time online during the holiday season searching for gifts and other holiday ideas, and will often run into holiday-themed content like ringtones and e-cards that we may want to download. It’s important to remember that there’s a possibility that a good percentage of the content available on the Internet is malicious. In fact, it has been found that within the top 100 results of daily top search terms, nearly 50 per cent lead to malicious sites.

Tip: Always use a trusted safe search tool, perhaps one is built into your anti-virus program, which tells you right in the search results page if a site is safe to click on.

Taking advantage of your mobile devices
Malicious mobile apps
According to a recent global study to assess the attitudes of Internet users all over the world when it comes to such topics as Web security and data protection, 60 per cent of average home Internet users now own at least three digital devices, like PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets, per household, with 25 per cent of users now owning at least five devices. The growing popularity of mobile devices has proved irresistible to cybercriminals and they’re now increasingly targeting mobile users with malicious applications often disguised as fun downloads like games. These are designed to steal personal information from smartphones or send out expensive text messages.
Tip: Remember to only download apps from official app stores, such as iTunes and the Android Market. It’s also useful to read users’ reviews before downloading them.

Mac malware
The percentage of consumers who own Apple Mac and iOS devices is growing rapidly, and cybercriminals are taking advantage of this by designing a new wave of malware directed as these operating systems. While Apple machines and devices were once seen as insulated from Internet security threats, malware targeting the Mac platform has recently increased by 10 per cent a month, and predictions are that iPhones and iPads are next.
Tip: Always be sure to download Mac updates and install security software

Taking advantage of the holiday spirit
Zombie infections
Computer zombies are just as scary as the walking-dead kind. They are infected computers that are being remotely controlled by a hacker without the owner’s knowledge, and they send out spam and try to infect other unsuspecting systems. Getting infected by a zombie is as easy as clicking on an attachment in a holiday-themed spam email.
Tip: Practice safe surfing and always use antivirus protection.

Holiday phishing scams
There are many seasonal traditions and activities that consumers engage in, including the sending of packages and greetings and participating in and donating to charities. Knowing this, cybercriminals tailor their emails and messages with holiday themes in the hopes of phishing recipients into revealing personal information. Phishing is the act of tricking consumers into revealing information or performing actions they wouldn’t normally do online.
A common holiday phishing scam is a phony notice from a local courier service stating that you have a package and need to fill out an attached form to get it delivered. The form may ask for personal or financial details that will go straight into the hands of the cyberscammer.
Fake charity requests are another popular scam this time of the year. Be suspicious of any unsolicited emails and never respond with sensitive information. If you would like to donate to a charity, pick a well-established organization and contact them directly through their website.
Tip: Always be careful where you click and be sure to scope out the situation before providing your personal information.

Online coupon scams
Couponing has become wildly popular and there’s nothing better than a deal during the holidays. Scammers know that by offering irresistible online coupons, they can convince people to hand over some of their personal information. For example, they could require consumers to provide financial information such as their credit card number to redeem the coupon. And in some cases, scammers are circulating fake coupons that consumers cannot redeem.
Tip: Use reputable coupon sites and always remember that if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.

“It” gift scams
Every year there are hot holiday gifts, such as toys and gadgets, that sell out early in the season. Gift-givers sometimes become desperate to obtain the “it” gift and they search high and low for it online. When a gift is hot, scammers will advertise these gifts on rogue websites and social networks, even if they don’t have them. The result is that consumers end up paying for an item and giving away their credit card details, only to receive nothing in return. Once the scammers have their personal financial details, there is little recourse.
Tip: Be wary of those sellers you’ve never had purchasing experiences with, and only purchase items from reputable establishments.

Four Arrested For Attempted Murder

On 11/12/2014, The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a shooting into an occupied home located on South Plank Rd. The home owner advised he was outside, when he observed a vehicle stop in front of his residence. The home owner advised three to four black males exited the vehicle and began shooting multiple times. The males then reentered the vehicle and left the scene. The home owner was able to give a description of the vehicle and a possible suspect.

While in route to South Plank Rd, deputies observed a vehicle that matched the description near South Plank Rd and initiated a traffic stop. During the subsequent investigation, deputies were able to locate several hand guns.

Rodney Hooker, 22 of 1393 Tempting Church Rd., Raquis Donte Watson, 16 of 515 3rd St, Dalvin Quayshan Davis, 16 of 549 Wakefield Rd, and a 15 yo juvenile, all of Sanford were arrested.

Each are charged with 2 counts of Attempted 1St Degree Murder, Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, 2 counts of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Injury to Real Property. All individuals were placed into Lee County Jail under a $1,000,000 secured bond.

Armed Robbery Suspects Sought

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery of the Short Shop Convenient Store, located at 3901 Hawkins Ave.

On 11/11/2014, approximately 9:30pm, the store clerk called 911 reporting two armed black males wearing all black entered the store and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money from the clerk, the two males left. The clerk was not injured during the incident.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging anyone with information about this robbery to contact the Sheriff’s Office at
919-718-4577 or by clicking here.

Holiday Safety Tips From Sheriff Carter

It's getting that time of year again for all of us to be mindful of safety during the holiday season.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) reports holiday fires injure 2,600 people and cause more than $930 million in damages each year. To help insure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday, the Lee County Sheriff's Office suggests reviewing the following list of safety tips:
  • Choose a freshly cut tree with green, hard to pull back needles, which means the tree is freshly cut. Needles that fall off easily indicate the tree is probably dried out and thus poses a fire hazard.
  • Do not position the tree near a heat source. A burning live tree can quickly fill a room with fire and deadly gases.
  • Always keep the tree stand filled with water.
  • Choose artificial trees and other decorations made of flame-resistant or non-combustible materials.
  • Place candles away from any flammable materials and out of reach of small children.
  • Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing and maintaining lights.
  • Inspect strands of lights and replace damaged parts before using lights. Always unplug lights before replacing blown out bulbs or fuses.
  • Don't overload extension cords and don't mount lights with clips or nails in a manner that will damage the cord's wire insulation.
  • Never leave lights on or candles burning, especially around small children and pets.
  • Remember to extinguish candles and fires and turn off all light strings and other
    decorations before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • At the end of the holidays, when disposing of your tree, do not burn it. Dispose of your tree through a community recycling or pick-up service.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working and replace old batteries. Smoke alarms should be installed on every floor of home and checked monthly.

Additional Name Released from Drug Arrests

On Thursday November 6, 2014 Lee County Narcotics agents,  assisted by members of the United States DEA, United States Homeland Security and the North Carolina State Bureau Investigations arrested Demetrio Estrada Aguirre, age 56, of 2907 Wicker Street Sanford

Agents identified Aguirre as a multi kilogram Cocaine supplier of North Carolina as well as adjoining states. Aguirre a major part of the year-long joint investigation conducted by Narcotics Divisions from Lee County Sheriff’s office and assisted by Moore County Sheriff’s office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Sanford Police Department, U.S. DEA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security was arrested at his home. Demetrio Estrada Aguirre was charged with 1 count of conspiracy to traffic Cocaine and jailed under a $200,000.00 secured bond.