Date/Time of Offense: February 25, 2015
Offense(s)/Charge(s): 4 counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine by Sell, 4 counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession, 4 counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine by Transport, Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, PWISD Schedule II Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Sell/Deliver Counterfeit Controlled Substance, and 2 counts of PWISD Counterfeit Controlled Substance.
Location of Incident: 159 Gateway Boulevard, Mooresville NC 28117
Suspect(s): Derrick Lemont Neal, 31 yrs. old
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, detectives from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division concluded a three month long investigation into the sale of methamphetamine throughout the Iredell County area with the arrest of Derrick Lemont Neal, of Charlotte, NC.
Detectives had received information about a methamphetamine trafficking ring operating out of Charlotte, NC. Where the individuals involved were traveling into Iredell County to sell large quantities of their product, and throughout surrounding states as well. An undercover detective was able to make contact with one of the dealers, and was able to purchase quantities of methamphetamine over a period of time.
Eventually, that dealer introduced the undercover detective to the organization’s main supplier, Derrick Lemont Neal.
Neal would frequently bring large amounts of methamphetamine to Iredell County to be sold, as well as quantities of counterfeit controlled substances. Neal was also selling counterfeit controlled substances as methamphetamine throughout the Charlotte area, to make a higher profit.
Neal met with the undercover detective on numerous occasions, at locations throughout Mooresville, such as a grocery store and hotel parking lots. A total of 232.5 grams (over 8 ounces), of methamphetamine was purchased from Neal. The methamphetamine was a high quality version of the product, referred to as “crystal” or “ice,” most of which is transported into North Carolina from Mexico. The methamphetamine purchased has a street value of $93,000.00.
On February 25, 2015, detectives from Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by Homeland Security Investigations, as well as the State Bureau of Investigation in the arrest of Neal, as he met with the undercover detective to sell a quantity of illegal narcotics at the Hilton Garden Inn, located on Gateway Boulevard in Mooresville. Extreme precautions were taken to ensure that Neal would not be a danger to any citizens in the area, in the event that he decided to resist or flee during his capture.
Neal was charged with four counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine by Sell, four counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession, four counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine by Transport, Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, two counts of Sell/Deliver Counterfeit Controlled Substance, and two counts of Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Counterfeit Controlled Substance. Neal is being held at the Iredell County Detention Center under a $250,000.00 secured bond.Additional members of Neal’s drug trafficking organization have been identified and are being sought at this time. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office will continue to take all measures to prevent other such individuals from bringing illegal narcotics into Iredell County, as well as pursue those who are selling them from within our area.
Date/Time of Offense: July 2006 – December 2009
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Indecent Liberties with a Minor
Location of Incident: Northern Iredell County
Suspect(s): Grady Samuel Hicks
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: The continuing investigation into sex abuse allegations against Grady Samuel Hicks has led to another victim being identified.
Detectives from the Special Victims Unit filed 42 additional charges of indecent liberties. The latest victim, now twenty years old was victimized during a period of 3-4 years when the victim was between the ages of 12 and 15.
The victim stated the incidents occurred while going to and from church with Hicks and also on hunting and fishing trips he took with Hicks.
The victim stated the incidents occurred numerous times over the course of a three to four year period from July 2006 to December 2009.Detective Benfield charged Mr. Hicks with an additional 42 counts of indecent liberties on top of the original 18 counts of sex offenses he is already facing as a result of this ongoing investigation.
Date/Time of Offense: February 27, 2015
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Fail to Notify Change of Online Identifier
Location of Incident: 702 Sullivan Rd, Statesville, NC
Suspect(s): Franklin Donald Cummings 44 years old
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On February 23, 2015 Deputy Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit charged Franklin Donald Cummings with using a false name on social media.
Registered sex offenders in North Carolina are required to notify their registering Sheriff’s Office of any online identifier the offender uses or intends to use. An online identifier is defined as an electronic mail address, instant message screen name, user ID, chat or other Internet communication name.While attempting to verify Cumming’s online identifiers, Deputy Price discovered Cummings was using the online identifier “Elkana Ben Avraham”. As a result of this investigation, Cummings was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $5000.00 bond.
Date/Time of Offense: 02/27/2015
Offense(s)/Charge(s): break or enter a residence, interfere with emergency communications, assault on a female less than 18 years of age, and communicating threats.
Location of Incident: 2746 Wilkesboro Hwy in Statesville
Sheriff Darren Campbell Stated on 02/27/2015 Deputy D. Clodfelter of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a domestic disturbance at 2746 Wilkesboro Hwy in Statesville. Prior to the deputy’s arrival the suspect had left the scene was possibly traveling towards Arey Rd. Upon Deputy D. Clodfelter’s arrival on Wilkesboro Hwy it was determined that the victim’s ex-husband had broken into the victim’s residence and assaulted her. The suspect had also prevented the victim from calling emergency communications for assistance.A short time later Deputy J. Johnson located the suspect on Arey Rd where he was taken into custody. The subject was charged with: break or enter a residence, interfere with emergency communications, assault on a female less than 18 years of age, and communicating threats. Mr. Cockeran was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where a $3,500.00 unsecure bond was set by the Magistrate and is currently being held until he can go before a judge.
Date/Time of Offense: 02/28/2015
Offense(s)/Charge(s): misdemeanor breaking & entering, communicating threats and maintaining a vehicle with felony controlled substance possession with intent to sell deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia for simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia
Location of Incident: 190 Dogwood Estates Circle in Statesville
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Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that on: 02/28/2015 Deputy J. Johnson of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a civil dispute at 190 Dogwood Estates Circle in Statesville.
On arrival, Deputy J. Johnson and Deputy J. Betts made contact with a female and male who were standing outside of the residence that appeared to be in a verbal altercation. After further investigating deputies learned that the two subjects outside of the residence had broken into the residence in order to try and assault the victim who was hidden inside.
Deputies were then told about the possibly of narcotics being inside of the vehicle that was driven by the male and female. A search was conducted of the vehicle where Deputies located marijuana along with $280.00 in cash. Deputies also learned there were possibly narcotics inside of the residence at 190 Dogwood Estates Circle. A search of the residence was completed; at which time deputies found that the front door and bedroom door of the residence had been broken into by the suspects outside.
Harold Ikard of Statesville was then arrested for misdemeanor breaking & entering, communicating threats and maintaining a vehicle with felony controlled substance.
Brandy Rorrer was charged for simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Date/Time of Offense: 02-26-2015
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Misdemeanor Larceny
Location of Incident: 2187 Old Mountain Road Statesville NC 28677
Suspect(s): Mercedes Leigh Jenkins and Aaron Kurtis Lewis
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated on 2-26-2015 Deputies were dispatched to the Food Lion at 2187 Old Mountain Road for a shoplifting call. The manager had stated that several pieces of makeup had been stolen.
The case was then assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division to be investigated. Detectives were able to retrieve the security video from the business which captured a male and female suspect. Detectives followed up with several witnesses and were able to identify the suspects as being Mercedes Leigh Jenkins, 26 and Aaron Kurtis Lewis, 27 both of 2118 Buffalo Shoals Rd. in Statesville.
Detectives then were able to obtain warrants on both suspects and they were subsequently arrested later that day. Lewis also had other outstanding warrants which included Failure to Appear and Probation Violation.
Detectives then interviewed both suspects and Jenkins confessed stating she had taken the makeup out of the packaging and concealed it inside her bag. Lewis then carried the bag containing the stolen property out of the store and into their vehicle.
Lewis and Jenkins were taken to the Iredell County Jail and Lewis received an $11,500 total secured bond on his charges. Both will appear in District Court in Statesville later this month.
Date/Time of Offense: 02/27/2015 at 10:19 p.m.
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Poss. of Cocaine, Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia, Assault on Emergency Personnel, Resist a Public Officer
Location of Incident: N. Broad St. Mooresville
Suspect(s): Jamar Reshon Howard 28 yrs. old
Address: Of Colonial Ridge Cir. Mooresville, NC 28117
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated on 02/27/2015, Sgt. R.T. Sherrill with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a Pontiac Sunfire on N. Broad St. in Mooresville for a traffic violation.
Upon speaking with the driver, Jamar Howard, Sgt. Sherrill observed him gripping a clear plastic bag in his hand. When questioned about the bag Howard reached under the seat with his other hand. At that time a physical altercation ensued between Sgt. Sherrill and Howard. Other units arrived to assist as Howard continued to resist arrest. A taser was eventually used to get Howard under control. During the struggle Howard dropped a bag of cocaine in the parking lot. It was later discovered that Howard had ingested another bag of cocaine during the traffic stop.
While EMS attempted to treat him, Howard assaulted a paramedic causing a sprain to her hand. Howard was then transported to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center for an evaluation before then being transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he received a $7,000 secured bond and was charged with possession of cocaine, poss. of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and assault on emergency personnel.Howard was already out on bond for damage to personal property and resisting arrest. Howard also has a prior history of drug possession and is a convicted felon.
Date/Time of Offense: 02/28/2015
Location of Incident: West Front St. Statesville, NC
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated on 02/28/2015 Deputy D.R. Caskaddon was traveling on West Front St. When he noticed a vehicle setting on the sidewalk.
Deputy Caskaddon followed the vehicle driving very slow on the roadway and driving erratic. Deputy Caskaddon Performed a traffic stop after observing the vehicle crossing the center line. Deputy Caskaddon approached the driver’s side window and noticed a strong odor of alcohol admitting from the driver’s breath. Deputy Caskaddon then attempted to administer a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Test on the suspect.
The driver could not perform the test due to the level of intoxication and was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center for future testing.
Sgt. Christian met with Deputy Caskaddon to perform the test where the suspect’s test results were .22 blood alcohol level.The suspect was then taken before the magistrate where he was given a $5000.00 Dollar bond. The suspect was already suspended for a prior DWI and was out on bond for a different DWI. The suspect’s vehicle was seized for the prior convictions.
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I have more than two decades of full-time continuous service with the Sheriff’s Office in various areas. I have never wavered in this commitment to the citizens of Iredell County. I have built my career from the bottom up, always increasing my role of responsibilities to prepare me for my role as Sheriff. As Sheriff, I will have a proactive Sheriff’s Office and not a reactive one.
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OUR MISSION is to provide law enforcement services to the citizens of Iredell County, serving our community through crime prevention, drug enforcement, aggressive patrols and education.
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Darren E. Campbell, Sheriff
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