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Sheriff’s Deputy Car Damaged During Drug Arrest In Bladenboro

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On Friday, January 15, 2021, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Community Impact Team(CIT) were in the Bladenboro area in response to community complaints of narcotics activity. 

 Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Deputies observed a vehicle leaving a house in the area of Ronald Britt Road, reported by the community as selling narcotics. According to law enforcement, deputies attempted to perform a vehicle stop on the vehicle when the driver, later identified as Wyatt Joseph Hester of Bladenboro North Carolina, accelerated to evade pursuing deputies. 

 While the vehicle was fleeing from deputies, it collided with another deputy’s vehicle causing significant damage. Deputies were able to force the suspects’ vehicle off the roadway and take the suspects into custody without injury. 

 Following a search of the vehicle, deputies located an undisclosed amount of; Methamphetamine, Suboxone, and Marijuana. Deputies also located digital scales, glass pipes, and plastic bags used to package narcotics. The deputy that was struck did not suffer any injuries. 

The following are the defendants and their charges.

 

 Wyatt Joseph Hester of Bladenboro, North Carolina: 

 

Felony Flee/Elude Arrest With Motor Vehicle.

Assault On A Government Official With A Deadly Weapon. 

Conspire To Deliver Methamphetamine, Conspire to Sell Methamphetamine. 

Conspire To Traffic Methamphetamine, Possess Methamphetamine.

 Possess Drug Paraphernalia. 

Possess Open Container Of Malt Beverage. 

Operate Vehicle With No Insurance. 

Display Fictitious Registration Plate.

Place in the Bladen County Detention Center under a $60,200.00 bond.

 

Stephen Craven of Maxton, North Carolina: 

Conspire To Deliver Methamphetamine.

Conspire to Sell Methamphetamine. 

Conspire To Traffic Methamphetamine. 

Possess Methamphetamine. 

Possess Drug Paraphernalia.

 Possess Open Container Of Malt Beverage. 

Simple Possession Of Marijuana. 

Simple Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance. 

Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia.

Placed in the Bladen County Detention Center under a $50,000 secure bond.

 

Amber Lynn Welsh of Hope Mills, North Carolina: 

 

Conspire To Deliver Methamphetamine. 

Conspire to Sell Methamphetamine. 

Conspire To Traffic Methamphetamine. 

Possess Methamphetamine. 

Possess Drug Paraphernalia. 

Placed in the Bladen County Detention Center under a $30,000 secure bond.

Note: This is a report of the incident. Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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