Carteret

Concerned citizens' help leads to seven arrested on drug charges

BEAUFORT, Carteret County - Seven people in Carteret County were arrested after concerned citizens stepped up to assist the sheriff's office with a drug problem out of their Newport neighborhood.

In a press release from the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, deputies from Carteret and Jones County along with police from Morehead City, Emerald Isle and Havelock arrested the seven people on Friday at a home at 126 Bogue Sound Dr. in Newport. The investigation began after detectives received numerous complaints from citizens about the sale of narcotics in and around the home.

Christopher Dale Latham, 34, of Newport was arrested and charged with one count each of possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling to sell or store a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $50,000 secured.

Also arrested were:

-- David Zachary Elliott, age 26, of Newport, on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $10,000 secured.
-- Joseph Brandon Giffin, age 21, of Newport, on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $25,000 secured.
-- Carson Samuel Giordano, age 26, of Newport, on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $10,000 secured.
-- Delmon Clint Johnson, age 36, of Morehead City, on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $10,000 secured.
-- Serena Faith Judy, age 27, of Beaufort, on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $25,000 secured.
-- Monica Joan Ward, age 27, of Newport, on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $50,000 secured.

“Everything starts with the citizens in the community and this is another great example of the important role citizens can play in their community,” said Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck. “Between the complaints, leads and evidence obtained through surveillance, detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the premises and arrest those involved in illegal drug activities.”


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