6 people arrested on drug charges after multiple search warrants in Pamlico County

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Six people have been arrested after deputies conducted multiple search warrants in Pamlico County.

The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants at different locations in Pamlico County on February 23.

The search warrants stemmed from a multi-month drug investigation.

In 2018, deputies began receiving complaints from concerned citizens regarding the distribution of heroin and other drugs at the residence of Martha B. Phillips.

Deputies started an investigation which resulted in law enforcement identifying numerous individuals going to the residence to purchase drugs.  

Law enforcement arrived at the residence and said they found heroin packaged for sale, marijuana, and digital scales.

Phillips was arrested and charged with:

  • Felony maintaining a dwelling place for the purpose of controlled substances
  • Felony maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of controlled substances
  • Felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin
  • Misdemeanor possession of marijuana
  • Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Misdemeanor possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia

According to deputies, Phillips, who was on North Carolina supervised probation and was originally remanded to the custody of the Pamlico County Detention Center under a half-million-dollar bond, now awaits parole under a no-bond-order.

Deputies concluded the eleven-month investigation with a search warrant at the home of Ronald L. Grimes and Leona Swain on 6056 NC Highway 306 South in Grantsboro.

Law enforcement said they found a handgun, ammunition, controlled prescription medication, and a digital scale. 

Grimes, who is a previously convicted felon, was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was given a $500,000 bond.

Also, at the residence and arrested at the time of the raid were Swain and Maranda Johnson.  

Swain was charged with possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Johnson was charged with possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Swain and Johnson were sent to the custody of the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $3,000 bond.

Also, a search warrant was conducted at the residence of Edward W. Ryan Jr. and Crystal Hughes on 554 Halls Creek Road Extension in New Bern.

Deputies obtained arrest warrants on Ryan and Hughes and a warrant to search their home after Ryan sold cocaine to undercover law enforcement.  

As a result of the search, deputies said they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

Hughes was arrested on driving charges and was released on a written promise to appear in court. 

Ryan was arrested and charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and driving while license revoked.

He was jailed under a $25,000 bond.

The cases are a part of an on-going criminal investigation, and additional charges and arrests are expected.

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