Several suspects arrested after joint operation in Craven County

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) Several suspects have been arrested after officials conducted a joint operation in Craven County.

On September 27, the New Bern Police Department, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety Probation and Parole Office conducted a joint campaign resulting in multiple arrests.

The investigative tactics consisted of probation searches, traffic enforcement, and surveillance.

As a result of the operation, the following individuals were arrested:

  • Kenneth J. Ward, 28 of New Bern, was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Rahlik L. Bryant, 19, of New Bern, was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Johnny T. Moore, Jr., 36, of New Bern, was charged with Possession of Firearm by Felon, Felony Possession of Schedule 1 Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

In addition, on Tuesday, as a result of information collected during the campaign, the New Bern Police Department and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence at 505 Watson Avenue.

During a search of the residence, law enforcement seized multiple firearms, ammunition, methamphetamine as well as various types of drug paraphernalia and made the following additional arrests:

  • Gary L. Hamilton, 41, of New Bern, was charged with Felony Possession of Schedule 1 Controlled Substances, Possess Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Stephen B. Marsh, 46, of New Bern, was charged with Felony Possession of Schedule 1 Controlled Substances and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Chandler M. Targett, 22, of Havelock, was charged with Violation of Probation. 

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