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Deputies: Jones County drug dealer arrested again

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TRENTON, N.C. - Just four days after his initial arrest, investigators say they secured additional felony drug warrants against 36-year-old Joe Rhem Jr.

He was taken into custody again shortly after his first appearance on previous drug charges.

Rhem was charged with two (2) counts of Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Conspire to Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F) and two (2) counts of Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F).  He was placed into the custody of the Jones County Detention Center under a $80,000 secured bond and made it immediately.

He could be facing more charges soon.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Four people are in jail on cocaine trafficking and other felony drug charges.

That’s after a year-long narcotics investigation.

Deputies say they arrested 53-year-old Kenneth Martin Metts of Stella and 37-year-old Shelia Denise Williams of Trenton on October 18. They arrested 56-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Mack of New Bern and 36-year-old Joe Frances Rhem Jr. of Trenton on October 21.

Investigators say Rhem was the ringleader and placed at the top of a ‘Zero Tolerance’ watch list almost three years ago. A break helped them infiltrate Rhem’s circle of trust with confidential and reliable informants. Metts, Mack, and Williams were, allegedly, drug runners for Rhem.

Rhem is believed to be the main supplier of crack cocaine in Jones County and a major contributor to the drug trade in some of the surrounding counties.

He’s charged with three (3) counts of Conspire to Traffic Cocaine, two (2) counts of Conspire to Sell & Deliver Cocaine, two (2) counts of Possess with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine and two (2) counts of Conspire to Possess with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine and was issued a $40,000 secured bond.  

Metts was charged with three (3) counts of Trafficking in Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Felony Possession of Cocaine, two (2) counts of Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F) and two (2) counts of Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F) and received a $60,000 secured bond.  
Williams was charged with three (3) counts of Trafficking in Cocaine(F), Conspire to Traffic in Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), four (4) counts of Conspire to Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Conspire to Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), and two (2) counts of Felony Possession of Cocaine. Williams was issued a $75,000 secured bond.     

Sarah Elizabeth Mack was charged by the Jones County Sheriff's Office with two (2) counts of Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Felony Possession of Cocaine, two (2) counts of Sell & Deliver Cocaine, two (2) counts of Conspire to Sell & Deliver Cocaine and two (2) counts of Conspire to Possess with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine. Mack also received additional felony drug charges from the Craven County Sheriff's Office and a total bond of $200,000 secured.  

Rhem Jr. bonded out immediately. All suspects have made bond and are scheduled for their first court appearances on Friday, October 25th.

The investigation is ongoing.

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