BCSO Drug Unit Arrests Supply Pair for Growing Marijuana

Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit charged a Supply pair today with multiple drug charges including growing marijuana.

Matthew Ryan Beach, 33, and Esther Virginia Todd, 29, of Deer Drive SW, have each been charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling house used for keeping and selling marijuana, simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, resisting a public officer, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Both were booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility under $20,000 bonds. Todd was released on bond earlier while Beach remains in custody.

This brief investigation was the result of community tips and complaints.

BCSO, WPD, NHCSO Arrest Two on Drug Charges in Joint Investigation

Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, in a collaborative investigation with Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, have arrested two men on multiple drug charges.

Lamar Jerome Morris, 25, of S. 41st Street, Wilmington, is charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver (PWIMSD) heroin, two counts of PWIMSD marijuana, possession of a firearm by a felon, maintaining a vehicle used for keeping and selling heroin and marijuana, trafficking heroin, removing a gun serial number, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of manufacturing, selling, delivering or possessing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, maintaining a dwelling house used for keeping and selling heroin, MDMA, and marijuana, possession of marijuana, and PWIMSD MDMA. Morris is currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $1,005,000.00 bond. ​

​ Terae Kareem Graham, 27, of S. 2nd Street in Wilmington, is charged with PWIMSD heroin, PWIMSD marijuana, possession of a firearm by a felon, removing a gun serial number, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Graham is also being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $1.5 million bond. ​

​ A 3-4 month investigation by BCSO, WPD and NHCSO ended yesterday afternoon when Morris and Graham were pulled over at approximately 4pm on Hwy 133 in Leland following several controlled drug buys from Morris. A search of the vehicle and later search of Morris’ residence yielded numerous drugs including approximately 150 bindles of heroin, 70 dosage units of MDMA, one pound of marijuana, over $9,000 in cash, and a gun were seized. The drugs are estimated to have a street value of $10,000. ​

​ Both Morris and Graham are thought to be associated with or members of the blood gang in Wilmington.

BCSO Detectives Arrest Two SBHS Students for Accessing Computer System

Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two South Brunswick High School students for unlawfully accessing the Brunswick County School’s computer system.

Justin Fine Wright of Wildrye Drive, Southport and Onzel Dupree Ballard of Galloway Road, Bolivia, both 16 years of age, have each been charged with one count of misdemeanor accessing computers and computer trespassing. Wright and Ballard were processed into the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released into the custody of their parents.

School officials contacted the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on March 24, 2015 to request assistance in investigating the DDoS attacks that had significantly disrupted internet connectivity throughout the system. These disruptions resulted in staff and student frustration and loss of productivity system-wide. “We appreciate the quick work of investigators to identify suspects in the DDoS attacks,” said Superintendent Les Tubb. “The system’s connectivity has been restored and we are back to business as usual.”

These arrests stem from incidents which occurred between September 15, 2014 and March 25, 2015.

BCSO Detectives Searching for Man Wanted for Larceny

Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man wanted for larceny at a Subway in Calabash as well as other charges.

Curtis James Robinson, 52, last known address Dainel Butler Road, Longwood, is wanted for misdemeanor larceny, and two counts of failure to appear in court.

The larceny incident occurred on December 5 at approximately 6:25pm at the Subway Restaurant located at 9869 Ocean Highway in Calabash. Robinson walked into the area of the restaurant designated for employees only and took an employee’s purse.

Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Curtis James Robinson should contact Det. Ashley DiBella at 910-880-4871.

BCSO Arrests Two Supply Men and Seize Record Amount of Heroin

A collaborative investigation between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department led to a significant seizure of heroin following a traffic stop in Brunswick County on Tuesday evening.

Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a rented mini-van at Highway 17 and Highway 87 at approximately 9:30pm. Evidence of drugs within the vehicle prompted deputies to contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit. When drug agents arrived on the scene, a search of the vehicle and its occupants produced over 3 (three) ounces of heroin, a small amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. The amount of heroin seized is estimated to be the equivalent of up to 15,000 bags or bindles of heroin, the largest amount of heroin ever seized in Brunswick County. The street value of this amount of heroin is estimated at $300,000.00.

Michael Malik Levi Grissett, 34, of Clover Lane, Supply, is charged with three counts of trafficking heroin, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Grissett is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $3,000,000.00 bond.

Erik Douglas Grissett, 29, of Ellis Drive, Supply, is charged with three counts of trafficking heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He is also being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $1,000,000.00 bond.

Drug Agents with BCSO and the Wilmington PD had been investigating both Grissetts for several months following numerous community complaints and tips. Sheriff John Ingram wishes to thank those who continue to provide tips and call in complaints about drug activity or any illegal or suspicious activity in their communities. This investigation is still open and on-going and agents expect additional arrests.

Abandoned Horses

In the early morning hours of March 20, two horses were found in the Ash area of Brunswick County. A tan, female pony was found on Camp Branch Road at approximately 12:30am and a large, brown male was found on Egypt Road several hours later. Both animals were checked by a local, large animal veterinarian. The large male appears to be in fair condition. The pony, suffering from significant injuries to her legs, had to be humanely euthanized.

Officers with Brunswick County Animal Protective Services are asking for assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for these animals. It is believed that the animals were abandoned at this location, possibly from outside of Brunswick County.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services at 910-754-8204.

BCSO Searching for Missing 19 Year Old

***MISSING***

HALLANA HANKINS
19 YOA
B/F
5’1″ 185 lbs
Hair: Long Brown, Auburn Wig

Last seen wearing brown/multi colored leggings, brown lace up boots, short black jacket, brown scarf. Also carrying black book bag. Last seen leaving Boiling Spring Lakes Area earlier this morning headed to bus station in Wilmington. Thought to be traveling to Texas area. Hallana suffers from a cognitive disorder. Anyone with information should contact the Det. Marc Derr of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 910-253-2777 or call 911.

Office Delays and Closing

Due to the inclement weather, BCSO offices will all open at 10:30 tomorrow morning, Wednesday, February 25.  The North End Substation on River Rd in Leland will be closed.   Please use caution if you must travel this evening and be on the lookout for black ice tomorrow morning.

BCSO Drug Agents Arrest Supply Couple on Drug Charges

Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit have arrested a Supply couple on drug related charges.

James Harold Jackson, 63, and Jeniene Lynn Jackson, 49, of Ocean Sound Circle were arrested in Supply after a traffic stop on Tuesday.

Mr. Jackson is charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone), simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance (Diazepam), and selling and delivering a Schedule II controlled substance.

Mrs. Jackson is charged with PWIMSD a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, selling and delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and PWIMSD a Schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with driving while impaired.

Both Jacksons are being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $20,000 bond.

BCSO Detectives Arrest Shallotte Man for Sex Crimes Against a Child

Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Shallotte man for sexual crimes against a twelve year old child.

Murton Harold Hyde, 56 of Turkey Street in Shallotte, is charged with six counts of first degree statutory sexual offense, three counts of crimes against nature, and three counts of indecent liberties with a child. He currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention facility under a $1,000,000 bond.

The incidents occurred from July 2014 until December 2014.