Drug Agents Score Three Arrests


Regina Mcauley, 45, of 5554 Olivia Road, Sanford, was arrested on 7-26-2012 for 3 counts of Trafficking Opium, 3 counts of sell and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, and 3 counts of maintaining a dwelling to store drugs. The arrest was part of Operation Summer Heat. Mcauley was held under $250,000.00 secured bond.

Marquise Laurice Wilson, 18, of 3504 Hiawatha Trail, Sanford, was arrested on 7-26-2012 for possession with intent to sell Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Lee County Jail under $2500.00 secured bond.

Jimmy Rogers Simmons Jr, 42, of 686 Winding Ridge Road, Sanford, was arrested on 7-29-2012 for possession with intent to sell Cocaine and possession with intent to sell Marijuana after being stopped by Lee County Deputies on Jefferson Davis Highway near White Hill. Simmons was placed in the Lee County Jail under $12,250.00 secured bond.

Female Arrested For Fraud


On 7/18/2012, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office begun its annual calendar campaign, in which The Law Enforcement Journal, on behalf of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, solicits local businesses to advertise on the 2013 Lee County Sheriff’s Office calendar. The Law Enforcement Journal contacted The Piggly Wiggly, located in Sanford NC, asking this business to advertise on the 2013 calendar. Employees of the Piggly Wiggly stated the store, on 7/2/2012, already provided money in reference to the 2013 calendar. The Law Enforcement Journal contacted the sheriff’s office in reference to possible fraud at the Piggly Wiggly. Investigators determined that a female subject, identifying herself as a representative of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, fraudulently received money from the Piggly Wiggly. The investigation also revealed this female fraudulently received money from three other businesses, Cameron’s Body Shop, Kimbrell’s Furniture and Jones Printing Company, all located in Sanford NC. After receiving information about the female, she was positively identified as Amy Lynn Bailey Pearce, 32, of Smithfield. Warrants, four counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretense, were secured on Amy Pearce. She was arrested by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office on 7/20/2012 and placed in the Johnston County jail under a $15,000 secured bond. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office encourages any business, in any county, who has had dealings with persons representing themselves as being affiliated with “The Law Enforcement Post,” “Fire and Rescue News,” or “The Veterans Forum of the United States of America” to contact their local law enforcement agency in reference to possible fraud.

Operation Summer Heat



The following individuals were arrested this weekend as part of a four month undercover investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division dubbed “Operation Summer Heat”. Thirty seven people are being sought on various drug and weapons offenses as a result of the investigation. Arrest will continue over the next several days as the individuals are located. The investigation targeted street and mid-level drug dealers.

Two additional persons were arrested today (7/31) in conjunction with this operation;

Alan Michael Brown, 23, of 5691 McArthur Road, Broadway, was arrested on 7-31-2012 for sell and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling to store drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown was placed in the Lee County Jail under $10,000.00. Brown was arrested as part of Operation Summer Heat.

Alvin Devon Mckoy, 59, of 101 Hayes Road, Sanford, was arrested on 7-31-2012 for Trafficking Opium and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud as part of Operation Summer Heat. Mckoy was placed in the Lee County Jail under $125,000.00 secured bond.


Four More persons arrested on drug warrants connected to operation Summer Heat. This brings the total number of arrest to 30.

Jordon Kristopher Smith 25 years old

139 N. Moore Street Sanford, NC

Charged with: Trafficking Opium or Heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia

Held under $51,000.00 secured bond

Wendy Preston Perez 37 years old

4313 St. Andrews Church Road Sanford, NC

Charged with: Sell and Delivery on a Schedule II controlled Substance (Percocet)

Held under $5000.00 secured bond

Stewart James Tyner 22 years old

3813 Woodside Drive Sanford, NC

Charged with: Sell and delivery of a Schedule II controlled Substance

Held under $10,500 secured bond


Antonio Jarod Mcleod 29 years old

513 Hickory Avenue Sanford, NC

Charged with: Sell and delivery of Cocaine

Held under $5000.00 secured bond


Andrew Vaughn Hunter Age: 34 5816 Edwards Rd., Sanford, NC 27330

Trafficking Opium or Heroin, Maintain Vehicle to store drugs, Possess Drug Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured, $100,000.00

Pamela Elaine Jones Age: 23 338 Pyrant Rd., Sanford, NC 27330

Sell/Deliver Schedule III, Maint Vech, Possess Drug Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured $20,000.00

Dianne Renee Bodenhammer Age: 40 530 McIver St., Sanford, NC 27330

Sell/Deliver SCH II CS, PWISD a schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured $20,000.00

Tyler James Carter Age: 23 1733 Poplar Springs Church Rd., Sanford NC 27330

Sell/Deliver Controlled Substance, Maint Vehicle to Store C.S., Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured $35,000.00

Marino Johnson Age: 27 624 Scott Ave / 619 San Lee Dr., Sanford, NC 27330

Sell/Deliver SCH II, PWISD SCH II, Maintain Vehicle

No Bond Information

Twanna Barrett Age: 42 136 E. Chisholm St., Sanford, NC 27330

Trafficking Opium , Maintaining a vehicle to store drugs , Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured $100,000.00

Jennifer Rose Rathburn Age: 19 335 Walk About Lane, Sanford, NC 27330

Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver A controlled Substance, Maintain a Vehicle to Store drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured: $20,000.00

Jeremy Mckendall Age: 18 302 N. First St., Sanford NC 27330

Sell/Deliver a scheudule II controlled sustance, Maintain a dwelling to store drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured $5,000.00

Cassandra Lynn Parker Age: 24 5816 Edwards Rd., Sanford, NC 27330

Conspire to traffic Opium, Maintain Vehicle to store drugs, Possess Drug Parapernalia

Bond: Secured $100,000.00

Andrew Vaughn Hunter Age: 34 5816 Edwards Rd., Sanford, NC 27330

Trafficking Opium, Maintain Vehicle to store drugs, Possess Drug Paraphernalia

Bond: $100,000.00

Tiffany Nicole Whitehead Age: 31 705 Stoney Brook Dr., Sanford, NC 27330

Sell/Deliver Schedule II controlled substance, Maintain Dwelling to store drugs

Bond: Secured $5,000.00

Tamuel Denise Fike Age: 35 623 Horner Blvd., Sanford, NC 27330

Sell/Deliver SCH II CS, PWISD SCH II CS, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS

Bond: Secured $30,000.00

Joesph E. Brown Age: 25 111 Garland Sloan Rd, Broadway

Sell/Deliver SCH II,PWISD SCH. II, Poss Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured $20,000.00

Robert Lee Knight Age: 67 208 Grove St., Sanford, NC 27330

Sell/Deliver CS II, Maintain Vehicle to store drugs, Possession of drug Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured: $5,000.00

Algernon Chavez Johnson Age: 35 706 Horton Circle, Sanford, NC 27330

Sell/Deliver Cocaine, PWISD Cocaine, Maintain a Dwelling to store drugs

Bond: Secured $20,000.00

Edward Lewis Burch Jr. Age: 26 1115 Washington Ave., Sanford, NC 27330

Sell/Deliver Cocaine, PWISD Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured $15,000.00

Larry Hill Age: 56 175 Poplar Springs Church Rd., Sanford, NC 27331

Sell/Deliver Schedule III controlled substance, PWISD Sch. III, Conspire to Sell Sch. III, Simple Possession Sch. IV

Bond: Secured $20,000.00

Karon Baldwin Hill Age: 53 175 Poplar Springs Church Rd., Sanford, NC 27331

Sell/Deliver Schedule III controlled Substance, Conspire to sell Sch. III

Bond: Secured $15,000.00

Joseph Michael Duty Age: 41 906 Poplar Springs Church Rd., Sanford, NC 27331

Possession of Controlled Substance in Prison/Jail Premises, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Bond: Secured: $500.00