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Large Cache of Weapons Seized From Felon

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office assisted the North Carolina Probation and Parole at the residence of a probationer on Monday night resulting in the seizure of drugs and weapons according to Sheriff James A. McVicker.

 

“Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents, K-9 Unit and Uniform Patrol assisted North Carolina Probation and Parole officers with a search at 2133 Twisted Hickory Road, Elizabethtown,” said McVicker. This location was known to those dealing and buying drugs as “The Tree”.

 

Arrested was Terrell Monquiel Shipman, aka “Thuggy”, 39, of the same address. Several weapons were seized as well as marijuana. Shipman was charged with five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Shipman’s bond was set at $505,000.00 secured and he is currently being held in the Bladen County Detention Center. The weapon recovered was reported stolen in Cumberland County in 2010.

 

“Sadly, weapons and drugs seem to go hand in hand,” said McVicker. “It is not unusual for us to find stolen weapons in the possession of drug dealers who will take them in trade for the narcotics they are selling. Once a weapon is entered into the system as stolen it is never purged, meaning it will stay there until located. We have to have a make, model and serial number to enter a weapon. This is why it is so important for gun owners to keep a record of their weapons. This gun was on the street for almost 8 years and now it can be returned to its rightful owner when the case is disposed of in court.”

 

McVicker said the cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Probation and Parole is important for both agencies. He said this collaborative effort has led to the seizure of both drugs and weapons and taken criminals off the street who fail to mend their ways after being given a second chance by the courts.

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