Arson Investigation

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an arson which occurred at 3805 Carson Dr, Sanford NC.

The homeowner, Larry Ray II, advised he left his residence around 7:15 am, returning back home around 5:50 pm. The homeowner advised he could smell smoke upon arriving, but continued to open the front door to his residence. Upon opening the door, the homeowner noticed the inside was burnt. The homeowner then called 911 for assistance.

The Lee County Fire Marshall, along with detectives of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office were notified and made an initial determination of arson.

If anyone has any information about this arson, please contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 919-775-5531 or the tip line at 919-718-4577. 

Save the Date! National Night Out - August 7th

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.


National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.  This year the event will be held on August 7th, from 6-8 pm.


NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:


  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The following locations will be staffed with both department and neighborhood residents.  If you reside in the county jurisdiction and are interested in volunteering at one of these locations, please contact Lt. Dana Elliott @ 919-775-5531 ext.5629.


  Robinson Chapel AME Church - 236 Castleberry Rd

  Carolina Trace Fire Station -  37- A Indian Trail

  Lemon Springs Fire Station -  2160 Pine Forest Rd

  Cape Fear Fire Station - 100 Johnson St, Broadway

  Quail Ridge – 5634 Quail Ridge Dr

  Steele Bridge - 4129 Steele Bridge Rd

  Brookhaven Neighborhood

  Sanford Gardens Apt. – 3084 Khalif Court

  Northview Christian Church - 3301 Hawkins Ave

  Center Church Area – United Methodist Church 4141 S Plank Rd

  Ward Memorial Church – 386 E. Forest Oaks Dr

  Lee’s Chapel Church – 453 Lee’s Chapel Church Rd

  Cumnock Community – Camel Back Bridge with Chatham Co Sheriff’s Office

  VFW - 1500 Webb St

  Sanford Health and Rehab - 2702 Farrell Rd

Cameron Man Arrested for Heroin


On Friday July 13, 2018 Lee County Narcotics agents arrested Vernon Clayton McCauley age 38, of 213 Love Grove Church Road, Cameron. McCauley was transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Agents processed and charged McCauley with two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Heroin, two counts of sell and deliver Heroin, two counts of felony maintaining a dwelling for the storage and sells of an illegal controlled substance, and two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

McCauley was jailed under a $20,000.00 secured bond.

Unresponsive Man in Vehicle Arrested; Charged with Drug Possession


Late Thursday, July 12, 2018, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents responded and assisted Lee County Sheriff’s Office uniform deputies with a traffic stop at the intersection of Swanns Station Road and McDougald Road. Deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive male subject behind the wheel of an automobile.
 Deputies were able to revive the male subject later to be identified as Richard Andrew Williams  Jr.. Deputies on scene located 17 dosage units of Alprazolam and one marijuana vapor pin. Richard Williams Jr. was checked out by Lee County EMS staff and Williams refused medical treatment. Williams was taken into custody and transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Williams was charged by agents with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Alprazolam a schedule IV controlled substance, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used to store and sell illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was jailed under a $10,000.00 bond.

68 & 71 Year Old Men Arrested For Cocaine During Traffic Stop


At approximately 5:15pm, Thursday, July 12, 2018, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents conducted a traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of two local men.

James Lee Redwine age 68 of 448 Hickory Avenue, Sanford, and James Lenzy Redwine age 71 of 374 Surefire Lane, Cameron were taken into custody after agents found the two were in possession of 22 dosage units of (crack) Cocaine.

Both James and Earl Redwine were transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Both James and Earl Redwine are charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used to store and sell an illegal controlled substance, one count of operating a motor vehicle while transporting an open container of spirituous liquor. James Lee Redwine and Earl Lenzy Redwine were jailed under $15,000.00 secured bonds.     

LCSO Citizens' Academy


One Day Citizens' Academy

Tuesday, August 21st, 830am to 4pm
Lee County Sheriff's Office
1401 Elm Street, Sanford

This one-day educational overview provides an introduction to the Lee County Sheriff's Office in an interactive environment. Professional staff members with the department will teach practical sessions about various functions of the LCSO and what function we play in today’s society. 

The age requirement for the Academy is 18.

Anticipated Benefits:

A greater understanding of the day to day operations of the Sheriff's Office. 

Participants will have an increased awareness and appreciation of our department. 

Participants will gain knowledge of general public safety procedures.

Informative and interesting presentations conducted by qualified speakers.

Lunch will be provided

Interested parties should RSVP by emailing Sgt. Bridges @ jbridges@leecountync.gov
Seating is limited to twenty participants, first come, first serve....

For specific questions, please call 919-818-1366

Rabies Clinic - July 21st



Hosted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Health Department & Maple Springs Veterinary Clinic

Saturday, July 21, 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

EXTRA BONUS!


  • Bring your expired or unwanted RX pills to dispose of them properly
  • Staff will be onsite from 9am -11am to handle gun permit requests too

Charlotte Avenue Man Arrested for Drugs & Stolen Firearm

On Tuesday July 10, 2018, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents assisted the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in the arrest of Tyron Lamont Jones Jr age 19, of 906 Charlotte Avenue, Sanford. 

Agents found Jones to be in possession of a stolen .40 caliber Glock pistol and approximately 25 grams of marijuana. 

Agents transported Jones to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing. Agents charged Tyron Lamont Jones Jr with one count of carrying a concealed firearm, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, and one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Jones was jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond. 

Traffic Stop Nets Two Arrests & Drugs

Monday morning July 9th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Kentreal Deshawn Quick, age 25 of 207 North 7th Street, Sanford and Yakeisha Alexus Allen, age 21 of 1117 Walden Street, Sanford. 

Both Quick and Allen were found by agents to be in possession of approximately 179 grams of Marijuana in the course of a traffic stop. 

Kentreal Quick and Yakeisha Allen were transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office where they were processed and charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Marijuana, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the storage and sales of an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kentreal Quick was also charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver MDMA (MOLLY), one count of sell and deliver MDMA (MOLLY), and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Yakeisha Allen was jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond and Kentreal Quick was jailed under a $20,000.00 secured bond. 

Family Farm Lane Man Arrested For Murder

7/6/2018 Billy Craig Carter of 290 Family Farm Ln. Sanford passed away late last night from injuries he sustained from being shot on June 19, 2018. The shooting occurred around 8:20 PM on June 19, 2018 at 14 Family Farm Ln. Mark Christopher Patterson (46) of 14 Family Farm Ln. Sanford, was arrested on scene that night and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

Mark Christopher Patterson (46) of 14 Family Farm Ln., Sanford was arrested at 1:14 AM this morning at his home and charged with First Degree Murder; he was held under no bond.

Carter’s Body will be examined at the NC State Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh on Monday.

Sanford Man Arrested For Heroin During Traffic Stop


Late Thursday, afternoon July 5th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Charles Alexander McLean age 28 of 1137 Willow Ridge apartments.

McLean was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while McLean driver’s license were suspended. In the course of the arrest, agents located approximately one gram of Heroin packaged in a clear plastic sandwich bag that McLean had attempted to conceal, between the driver’s seat and door area just prior to agents making contact with McLean.

McLean was transported, processed, and charged with, one count of driving while license suspended, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Heroin, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of storage and sales of an illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

Man Arrested with Drugs After Fleeing on Motorcycle


On Saturday June 30, 2018, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents assisted the North Carolina State Highway Patrol on a vehicle stop, when Karon Kendrick Battle was arrested after attempting to flee from troopers while on a motorcycle. Troopers and agents found Battle to be in possession of approximately three grams of crack form cocaine at the time of arrest.

Battle was transported, processed and charged with felony possession of Cocaine, felony maintain a vehicle used for the storage and use of illegal controlled substance, and numerous traffic violations to include felony flee and elude, failure to heed blue light and siren, and operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement.

Battle was jailed under a $15,000.00 secured bond.

Parents; Talk to Your Kids About Spice / K2

Fake weed also known as “K2/Spice”, “legal bud”, and synthetic marijuana is an herbal mixture that contains dried, shredded plant material and harmful chemical additives. It’s often marketed directly to youth through sales of small plastic pouches decorated with colorful designs, including cartoon characters and recognizable logos. It’s sold in gas stations and convenience stores as potpourri or incense.  In NC, it's now considered a Schedule VI drug and you can be arrested for selling or possessing.

These synthetic chemical compounds are extremely harmful for people to consume or ingest by smoking, drinking or eating. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the full dangers of synthetic chemicals that may be found in fake weed has not yet been fully determined since it appears to affect people differently when consumed.
Synthetic cannabinoid products have been proven to be TOXIC. As a result, people who smoke these products can react with rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion, and hallucinations. Some are forced to call 911 to receive medical attention or end up in the ER or intensive care units.

Signs to look for to determine if your teen may be using fake weed:
• Small packets labeled “incense” or “potpourri” with colorful labels that may have cartoon characters or other recognizable logos

• Strong clove smell

• Pipes, rolling papers, screens, lighters/matches and other drug paraphernalia used for smoking

The physical signs of using fake weed include:
• Agitation
• Elevated blood pressure, heart rate and palpitations
• Loss of control
• Pale skin
• Profuse sweating
• Seizures
• Vomiting

The physical effects of fake weed use develop fairly quickly, taking only three to five minutes to appear. However, symptoms can last from one to eight hours. The paranoia associated with fake weed is closer to the psychological reaction to PCP or angel dust.

Parents, it’s important for you to talk with your teen about fake weed. Chances are your teen may encounter fake weed at school, while hanging out with friends, or at parties. Or, they may know someone who’s using fake weed. Take a moment to share information with your teen about the dangers of fake weed. 
Further resources can be found here

Animal Control Services

As a reminder, citizens that find a lost or stray animal, are requested to contact the Sheriff's Office Animal Control unit.  Citizens can request a pick up or they can take the animal directly to the shelter themselves if they feel comfortable doing so.  The shelter is located at 1450 N Horner Blvd in Sanford. 

Citizens are asked not to keep found pets or give them away to someone else.  
To report your pet lost, follow the link below and report it to the department in the event it's located!

For additional information or questions, please don't hesitate to call the Animal Control unit at 919-775-5531.  


For more information on services via our Animal Control unit, please visit their dedicated county website page!

https://leecountync.gov/Departments/AnimalServices

Tramway Man Arrested & Charged with 28 Offenses

On Thursday June 28, 2018, Lee County sheriff’s Office ended a three month investigation into a local man distributing the too often deadly drug heroin, that has and is affecting families throughout our great nation.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Timothy Leon Easterling aka “TROOPER” age 58, of 304 Pyrant Road, Sanford. With the aid and assistance of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents stopped Timothy Easterling in the rear parking lot area of Food Lion grocery store located at 2244 Jefferson Davis Highway, Tramway.

Timothy Easterling was taken into custody and transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing. In the meantime, Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents executed a search warrant on the property located at 304 Pyrant Road, the home of Timothy Easterling. In the course of the search, agents located a stolen semi-automatic Walther PK380 pistol inside the residence. Agents continued the search off the property, which resulted in agents locating one clear plastic bag containing two prescription pill bottles labeled as prescribed to Timothy Easterling, along with one clear plastic bag containing approximately 10.2 grams of heroin. One pill bottle labeled and prescribed to Timothy Easterling, filled yesterday for 90 oxycodone pills, with directions to take one every 8 hours contained only 56 at the time of seizure. The other pill bottle labeled and prescribed to Timothy Easterling, also filled yesterday for 60 oxymorphone pills, with directions to take one every 12 hours contained only 30 pills.

Timothy Easterling faces two counts of trafficking opium/heroin,fiv
e felony counts of selling heroin, five counts of delivering heroin, five counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, five counts of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the purpose of selling and storing illegal controlled substances, five counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of felony possession of a stolen firearm.

Timothy Easterling is jailed under a $210,000.00 secured bond.  

Pilson Road Man Arrested & Charged for Sexual Exploitation

6/22/2018            After a 6 month investigation, Tyler Samuel Godfrey (26) of 3795 Pilson RD. Sanford was arrested for 23 counts of 2nd degree Sexual Exploitation of a minor (receiving child pornography).

He was held under $200,000 secured bond.

CERT Basic Course Scheduled for August 2018




What is CERT?
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

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.

The next CERT Basic 21 Hour Course is scheduled for August 2018:
Friday, August 3rd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, continues on Saturday, August 4th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, returns on Friday, August 10th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM and finish up on Saturday, August 11th 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

To sign up, contact Lee County CERT leaders: Penny Turner at pbturner@windstream.net or Sparky Wilson at sparky.wilson06@gmail.com

Thirty-One Year Old Woman Arrested for Crystal Meth

On Friday June 22nd, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Kristin Gail Godfrey, age 31 of 1989 Highway NC 87 North, Sanford. Godfrey was found by agents to be in possession of approximately one gram of crystal methamphetamine.

Agents transported, processed and charged Godfrey with one count of felony possession of crystal methamphetamine and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Godfrey was jailed under a $5,000.00 secured bond.   

Additional Charges Filed After Search of Cell Phone


6/18/2018            Bernardino Fruits Cruz (31) of 208 Makepeace St. Sanford was charged w/ statutory sex offence w/ a child under 15, second degree sexual exploitation of a minor; he was held under an additional $250,000 secured bond.

Cruz was arrested on May 22, 2018 for picking up a 15 year old female from Lee County High School.

These additional charges stem from a search of Cruz’s cell phone.

SCAMS - Don't Be A Victim

As smartphone technology continues to evolve, it also paves the way for an increasing amount of scams. These scams can costs victims anywhere in the range of just a few dollars to their whole life savings. As using these devices becomes a more integral part of our daily lives, it’s important to be aware of the different types of mobile scams and how to avoid them. Here’s a look at some of the most common scams.


It is estimated that stolen and lost cell phones will cost American consumers approximately $30 billion this year.  


To avoid losing or having your phone stolen, try to keep it in the same spot on you whenever you are out so you don’t lose track of it. Make sure to use a secure passcode so the thief cannot gain access to your information. Some smartphones come equipped with an app that will help you find your phone in a situation like this. If your smartphone doesn’t have such an app pre-installed, you can download one. If your phone is lost or stolen you can use the app to help you track your phone down. There are also apps that enable you to wipe all the data on your phone remotely when the phone is online.


Text Scams

These come in many different forms. The scammer may send you a text that looks like it is from a friend, inviting you to catch up or give them a call. Once you respond to the text message or call them you are charged a high rate for each call and the charges increase by the second.

Another common text scam attempts to make it look like your bank is sending you a text.

The message will notify you that there has been fraudulent activity on your account and prompt you to visit a website or call a number. Scammers can gain access to your personal information and bank account information if the website is visited or phone number is called.

To avoid falling for this scam, be cautious of the text messages you respond to. Do Not respond to the numbers that are suggested to you. Instead, call your network provider’s support helpline or bank and ask them if the claims made are true and supply them with the numbers you have been provided with.

One-ring Scams
This scam starts with one of those annoying calls from an unknown number that only rings once. The scammers hope that you will call back when you see the missed call. Once you do call back you will be charged a $19.95 connection fee as well as per-minute fees. These scams usually originate in the Caribbean. Some of the area codes that have been used in these scams are 268, 809, 876, 284, and 473.

If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize and it only rings once, don’t call back! If you have fallen for this scam keep an eye on your bill and contact your carrier.

The FCC entered into a public-private partnership to develop a tool for consumers that provides smartphone users with security steps customized by a mobile operating system. The smartphone Security Checker is available at http://www.fcc.gov/smartphone-security.



Recorded Message Scams
These scams are similar to one-ring scams. Instead of leaving a missed call, you will receive a voicemail that prompts you to call back for more information on a prize you have won. When you call back you will be charged exorbitant fees similar to the one-ring scams, and the prize will likely be a scam as well.

If you receive a voicemail prompting you to call back to hear more about your prize, don’t call back.

Phone Insurance Scams
These usually occur after a new mobile phone has recently been purchased. Scammers will call claiming to be associated with the company from where you purchased your phone. They will then offer to sell you insurance for it. Worst-case scenario, you won’t actually get any phone insurance.

Always ask for credentials including a return phone number. Never disclose any financial or even identifying information over the phone, especially when it is not you that has initiated the call.

Ransomware Scams
These are exactly what they sound like, scammers will hold your phone ransom until they receive a payment. While surfing the web on your mobile phone your phone will freeze then a screen will appear. You will see an official-looking message claiming that your phone is frozen due to a violation of laws. In order to use your phone again, you will have to pay a “fine” that will need to be deposited into a debit account.

To avoid this happening to you, be careful of what you download on your phone and only download apps from your phone’s branded app store. Avoid downloading apps directly from sites that bypass the phone’s apps store. When using public Wi-Fi avoid accessing your bank accounts and other important personal accounts. Public Wi-Fi has reduced security to enable public access and is, therefore, the most vulnerable to a hacking attempt.

When in doubt about a security issue, please call our department to discuss the matter.

Don't Bring Your Drugs to Our County


On Tuesday June 19th 2018, Lee County Narcotics agents arrested Christopher Southerland age 29 of 4490 Pelham Road, Pender county, NC, and Rebecca Michelle Brown 413 Robin Lake Drive, Wayne County, NC. 

Both Southerland and Brown were taken into custody after agents discovered that both where in possession of one tenth of a gram of crystal methamphetamine and one tenth of a gram of heroin. 

Both Southerland and Brown were transported, processed, and charge with one count of felony possession of crystal methamphetamine, one count of felony possession of heroin, one count of felony maintaining a vehicle used for the storage and use of illegal controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Both Southerland and Brown were jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond.

Slower Traffic Keep Right

Did you know?

All states allow drivers to use the left lane (when there is more than one in the same direction) to pass.

Most states restrict use of the left lane by slow-moving traffic that is not passing. The table below describes the law in effect in each state.  NC is not the only state with laws regarding driving in the left lane on interstates, etc.

http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/right.html

Pet Safety During Summer Months

1. Keep Them Hydrated

Make sure their water bowl stays full and cold by adding ice cubes throughout the day. Pets need to replenish the liquid they exhale when panting or breathing as they attempt to lower their body temperature.  You can also set up a wading pool for your dog to take a dip in.


2. Get Them Comfy

If your home is too warm, you might see your pup leaving behind damp paw prints, signaling that they’re sweating, or notice your cat curled up in a corner obsessively grooming, trying to remain cool. Along with providing your typical fan or air conditioner, help them chill indoors by supplying a cooling bed or mat, available from pet retailers.

3. Consider a Haircut

Breeds whose hair grows constantly, such as shih tzus, Lhasa apsos and poodles, may benefit from a summer clip. But a short clip can permanently alter the coat of huskies, Pomeranians and other pups. Most pets, especially cats, may need their coat to stay cool naturally. If you’re pondering a trim, check with your groomer first.



4. Offer Shade

When the temperature soars beyond 90 degrees, your pet should avoid direct sunlight while outdoors. This is especially true of dogs with dark-colored fur, who absorb heat more quickly than those who are lighter colored. In your backyard, encourage your dog or cat to lie under a tree that provides shade, or use an umbrella or tarp to shield them from the sun.



5. Never Leave Them in a Hot Car

Not even for just a moment. The interior of a car can jump 20 degrees or more in a matter of minutes when it’s sunny out. And keeping the windows slightly open won’t help matters either. If your pet is tagging along for a drive, remember to take them with you when you step out of the vehicle. 



Is It Heatstroke?

If you notice these signs of overheating, get your pet to the vet immediately.

• Body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (use a pet thermometer to determine)

• Heavy/excessive panting

• Rapid heartbeat

• Redness of the tongue and mouth

• Drooling

• Lethargy or anxiety



Good to know: Persian cats and dog breeds such as boxers, pugs and bulldogs are more susceptible to the dangers of heat because their short noses and airways make it harder for them to pant.

National Safety Month

Did you know safe firearms storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearms accidents, theft and misuse? June is National Safety Month so please help me promote responsible gun ownership and secure your firearm when not in use.

For free resources visit www.projectchildsafe.org and stop by our department for a free gun safety kit and cable-style gun lock during normal business hours while supplies last!


Watch this with your Kids!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np2cZ5hHwc8

Click here to test your knowledge of firearm safety!
http://www.projectchildsafe.org/mythquiz/

Jefferson Davis Hwy Resident Arrested For Drugs


Late Thursday afternoon June 14th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Brandon Christopher Driggers, age 21, of 6847 Old Jefferson Davis Highway, Sanford.

Brandon Driggers was taken into custody after Driggers was found to be in possession of approximately ½ gram of crystal methamphetamine. 

Agents transported Brandon Driggers to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office where Driggers was processed and charged with one count of felony possession of methamphetamine, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Brandon Driggers was jailed under a $5,000.00 secured bond.    

River Run Man Arrested For Drugs

On Wednesday June 13th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office uniform patrol deputies arrested Patrick Lee Sessoms age 22 of 4226 River Run, Sanford. Sessoms had been entered into NCIC for absconding from NC Probation and Parole after cutting his electric monitoring device off. Once in custody deputies located 15 dosage units of Clonazepam prescription pills in a cloth pouch in Sessoms pants pocket. Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents responded and assisted with the arrest.

Sessoms was transported, processed, and charged by deputies. Sessoms is charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Clonazepam a schedule IV controlled substance, one count of possession within 1000 foot of a school, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sessoms was jailed under a $50,000.00 secured bond on the drug charges.  

Sanford Man & Woman Arrested During Traffic Stop For Drugs

On Wednesday June 12th, 2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested William Henry Baker III age 30, of 4105 River Run Drive, Sanford and Evelin Yolany Martinez age 31, of 3104 Jefferson Davis Highway, Sanford.

In the course of a traffic stop for vehicle regulatory violations agents discovered that both Baker and Martinez were in possession of 23 ½ dosage units of alprazolam schedule IV prescription pills, 3 dosage units of Percocet schedule II prescription pills, and approximately 4 grams of Marijuana.

Baker and Martinez were arrested processed and charged for one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Alprazolam a schedule IV controlled substance, one count of felony maintain a vehicle for the storage and use of illegal controlled substances, and one count misdemeanor possession of Marijuana. Baker was cited for operating a motor vehicle while displaying a fictitious registration plate, misdemeanor possession of schedule II Oxycodone prescription pills, and misdemeanor possession of Marijuana.

Baker was jailed under a $12,500.00 secured bond and Martinez was jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond. 

Stolen Property Recovered

The following listed property is believed to be stolen property recovered from a Cox Mill Road search warrant.

We are seeking the rightful owners of listed property.  




Please contact Detective Watson @ 919-718-4563, ext 5621 if you are the owner and have evidence of same.


1.      Jensen car CD player bearing

2.      Dewalt Deep Pro Organizer

3.      Dremel Model 220 workstation

4.      Dewalt pro organizer 20 with assorted nuts and bolts

5.      Dewalt pro organizer 10 with assorted electrical parts

6.      Brown box containing assorted hand tools

7.      Black and grey in color handheld spotlight

8.      (1) Alpine 6x9 car speaker – no SN

9.      (1) HTC smartphone with no battery or back cover

10.   (2) black in color Infinity home speakers

11.   1 set of LG computer speakers with tower

12.   1 BOSS car cd player with no face

13.   1 unknown brand car cd player model CDX-FW700

14.   1 SAGEMCOM FAST 5260 wireless router

15.   NAXA car CD player no SN

16.   PIONEER DEH-205 Car CD player

17.   Unknown brand car CD player

18.   1 XBOX 360 – no visible

19.   1 Hitachi green 12v saw

20.   1 Dewalt drill bit set in yellow box

21.   1 grey in color IPOD

22.   Black in color ZTE smart phone no visible sn

23.   Black in color MOTO phone – no visible SN

24.   Large black in color Matco toolbox with assorted hand tools

25.   1 Pitboss Memphis ultimate grill in box

26.   1 red in color Hoover vacuum

27.   1 stainless Phoenix grill with placard displaying: “In memory of Hurley Jones 1999, from the Jones Family.

28.   1 Vizio television bearing

29.   1 drill master grinder – no visible SN

30.   1 blue in color Hoover “react” vacuum cleaner

31.   (2) double headed shop lights.

32.   1 yellow in color Bissell preheat 2x carpet cleaner

33.   1 California A400XL car amplifier

34.   1 Targa 100 watt car amplifier

35.   1 Kicker car amplifier –

36.   1 Targa 100 watt car amplifier

37.   1 SDX audio amp

38.   1 SDX audio 3 way crossover

39.   1 farberware box containing various tablets

40.   1 playstation 3 bearing

41.   Dewalt air compressor bearing

42.   MTX thunder 400 subwoofer

43.   Bosch Sander displaying the name Craig Taylor

44.   Samsung car cd player model: DVD-C631P

45.   40 piece metric socket set in red box

46.   Garmin NUVI

47.   Kenwood Car CD player

48.   Futtron Tidal wave amplifier

49.   Edge DG44 amplifier

50.   1 iphone – no battery or back cover

51.   1 blue in color pioneer subwoofer

52.   1 “ready remote” model 21930 speaker. 

53.   HP laptop bearing

54.   Lenovo N100 laptop

55.   Dell latitude D505 laptop

56.   Compaq Presario laptop F700

57.   Macbook laptop bearing

58.   Dell latitude laptop: no SN

59.   Red in color Lenovo laptop 

Congratulations To All The Graduates!

I would like to congratulate ALL of the students in Lee County that graduated this week!

I was especially proud to watch Andrew Smith, son of Lt Smith, walk across the stage  to receive his diploma while representing his country!

Summertime Crime

Summer means a break from school and a chance to take a vacation - unfortunately, summer also provides opportunities for criminal activity in your neighborhoods. 


You can decrease the chance of becoming a victim this summer by following these tips:


- Install lighting, such as motion lights or dusk to dawn detector lights, on your home's exterior

- Trim shrubbery around your home to eliminate hiding places

- Do not leave bikes unattended. Lock your bikes, even if you are going to be away for only a few moments

- Be aware of your surroundings and those around you when you walk, jog, or bike

- Install a locking mailbox or ask a neighbor to pick up your mail when on vacation

- Lock your vehicles and don't leave valuables in them under any circumstances

- Get to know your neighbors! Let a trusted neighbor know if you are planning to travel this summer. Neighbors who know each other look out for each other.

Joint Agency Operation Nets Two for Drugs


A joint investigation by agents of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s revealed on Thursday June 7th, 2018 that Susan Ann Logan age 37 of 2020 Lee Avenue, Sanford and Eric Andre Thompson Jr. age 28, of 622 Williamsburg Court, Sanford were involved in trafficking Marijuana via the US Postal Service.

Agents received information that Logan was receiving packages of Marijuana through the US Postal Service and began surveillance of the residence. On early Thursday morning June 7th, agents discovered that Logan received a large box delivered to the residence located at 2020 Lee Avenue, Sanford. While maintaining constant surveillance on the residence and the package delivered, agents observed a silver in color Nissan Altima pull into the driveway. Agents watched as Logan picked up the box from the front porch, where it had been since delivered by the Postal Service and walk to the Silver Nissan Altima.  Logan then placed the package into the trunk once opened by the driver. At this time agents from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division and the NC SBI took both Susan Ann Logan and Eric Andre Thompson into custody for suspicion of trafficking Marijuana. Agents recovered the box placed into the trunk compartment of the vehicle and discovered almost 14 pounds of Marijuana and 78 units of cannabis oil, in glass vials for electronic vaporizer devices. Susan Logan was arrested, processed, and charged with one count of trafficking Marijuana, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Eric Andre Thompson Jr. was arrested, processed, and charged with one count of trafficking in Marijuana, 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. Both Logan and Thompson were jailed under a $100,000.00 secured bond.         

Search Warrant Nets Two Arrests

On Monday June 4th, 2018 Narcotics agents of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the residence and property located at 1464 Black Road, Sanford. Agents encountered numerous individuals on the property upon arrival.

JJ Jackson
age 25, a resident of 1464 Black Road, was among the crowd on the property. JJ Jackson was found by agents to be in possession of 6 grams of Crack form Cocaine, and a small amount of Marijuana. The home owner Jimmy Jackson Sr. age 61 was also taken into custody for two outstanding warrants.

JJ Jackson was processed and charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling used for the storage and sells of an illegal controlled substance, one count of misdemeanor possession of Marijuana and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. JJ Jackson was jailed under a $ 15,000.00 secured bond.

Jimmy Jackson Sr. was processed and charged with two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, and two counts of sell and deliver Cocaine, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling for the storage and sells of an illegal controlled substance, and two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Jimmy Jackson Sr. was jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond.

Search Warrant Nets Drugs and Arrest


June 1st, 2018 - Friday afternoon Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents executed a search warrant on the residence and property located at 1705 Campbell Street, Sanford.

Agents located and seized 24 dosage units of crack form Cocaine, along with $2836.00 in U.S. Currency in the course of the search. Agents arrested, processed, and charged Shemeika Shanta Wilson, age 41, of 200 Country Estates Drive, Sanford.

Wilson is facing one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling place used for the illegal storage and sales of controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

Can You See Your House Numbers?

When you have lived at the same address for a number of years, you rarely pay any attention to your house numbers.

For Police Officers, EMS, and Fire that may be responding to your house in the event of an emergency, your house numbers are what they are looking for.

Make it a point, to LOOK at your numbers to see if:

- All of the numbers are still there

- They are LARGE enough to be seen easily from the street

- Any landscape vegetation has grown over them limiting there visibility

If you can see them, So can we...Thank YOU!