KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY - Law enforcement is cracking down on people selling and possessing drugs in Kinston.
With the help of multiple agencies, authorities arrested 12 people on Wednesday after an almost two year investigation, says Major Greg Thompson of the Kinston Department of Public Safety. Warrants are out for 14 additional people who Thompson says are wanted for drug related offenses.
"We received complaints from citizens in our community of drug activity and drug dealing in their community and we responded by doing some covert operations," Thompson said. Some techniques Thompson said were used included surveillance and under cover officers.
Those who have already been arrested by authorities were placed in the Lenoir County Jail. Their bonds range from 5,000 to 250,000 dollars.
People who live in Kinston are supportive of this drug crackdown.
"Protect our children," said community member, Preston Brown. "Keep them from starting habits that they don't need to be into."
Those who have been arrested in this drug round-up are as follows, according to the Kinston Department of Public Safety: Franshaw Gooding, Kyle Tacinelli, Derrick Lamont Jones, Detrale James, Darryl Jones, Chris Erlester Rhodes, Tysheem Mills, Corey Mills, Deriante Rouse, Allen Lewis, Nakita Coleman and Curtis Holmes.
Warrants are still out for the following individuals, according to the Kinston Department of Public Safety: Damian Antwain Flowers, Javion Jerrod Phillips, Tykeem Williams, Reginald Earl Williams, Bernard Perkins, Willie Sutton, Crystal Smith, Tevin Mable, Demonte Olds, Jemoy Poole, Hubert Collins, Mario Locust, Simeon Meadows and David Lee Redmond.
All of the agencies and groups involved in this drug round-up were officers from the Kinston Department of Public Safety, Lenoir County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Detectives, Lenoir County CERT, Jones County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Detectives, N.C. State Probation & Parole Officers, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.