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Sheriff James A. McVicker said his deputies have made several arrests for narcotics violation and also breaking and entering.

“In the past week, my deputies have taken several criminals off our streets,” said the Sheriff. “ It is always good to take down those who do harm to our county and its,” said Sheriff McVicker.

On December 12 th , following a vehicle stop in the East Arcadia area of the county, Narcotics Officers arrested and charged Gary Wayne Jacobs, 37, of 1110 Jacobs Loop Road, Bolton with one count of Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Marijuana, one count of Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purpose of Keeping/Selling Controlled Substances, one count of Manufacturing Marijuana and one count of Possession of Marijuana. Jacobs’ bond was set at $17,000.00.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Fox Street area of Elizabethtown.

During the investigation, it was determined by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office
Narcotics Unit that the below listed individual was responsible for distributing Controlled Substances.

This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted Narcotics Agents to the area of Fox Street, Elizabethtown, NC.  Agents conducted undercover purchases from the defendant in this investigation where marijuana was purchased.

At the conclusion of this investigation, on December 13, 2018, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office served arrest warrants on the defendant. The defendant in this investigation was arrested and processed at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

Arrested was Tysheed Juan Jones, 23 of 204 Wright Street (Lewis Village Apartment D3), Elizabethtown, NC. He was charged with 1 count of Sell/Deliver Marijuana, 1 count of Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Marijuana His bond was set at $15,000.00

In an unrelated case, Maria Castro, 25, of 284 Norton Road, Lumberton was arrested on December 4, for Larceny of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of a Controlled Substance on Jail Premises.

Castro was accused of stealing a Glock 19, 9mm handgun from a residence she was a guest at. Her bond was set at $30,000.00.

On December 10, a man staying in Camp Clearwater with a friend came to the Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in and meet with a Georgia Bureau of Investigations Investigator after learning he was wanted for murder in Georgia.

David Lee Billings, 58, of 136 Twin Acre Court, Bryon, Georgia was interviewed and arrested for a murder that occurred on June 9, 2017 in Peach County Georgia. Billings was charged with a fugitive warrant and has since been held under no bond pending his extradition to Georgia.

On December 2, 2018, deputies arrested Barry Douglas Clapp, 59, of 422 Henry J Lane, Clarkton for Second Degree Kidnapping, Assault on a Female and Assault With a Deadly Weapon. Clapp received these charges following a dispute with a female who listed the same address. Clapp was placed under no bond pending a hearing before a district court judge.

On December 17, 2018 deputies were investigating an abandoned golf cart left on the shoulder of the road on US 701 near Merritt Drive. After interviewing people in the area, they obtained a description of a suspect and later located him walking on NC 87 near Archie Taylor Drive. The suspect was questioned and told Investigators he was from Michigan and had been in the area for two weeks. After giving the address he said he was staying at, deputies went to Hocutt Lane off Sweet Home Church Road and discovered two residences which had been broken into.

The suspect, Justin David Statler, 25, of 418 West Apple Street, Hastings Michigan, was charged with Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Felony Larceny, Felony Possession of Stolen Property, two counts of Larceny of a Firearm, and two counts of Carrying a Concealed Weapon. He was placed in the Bladen County Detention Center under a $105,000.00 secured bond. Deputies recovered all the property reported stolen which was valued at over $6,000.00.