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The Moore County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 29 in connection with an undercover drug operation in the Robbins, Eagle Springs, Carthage, Vass, and West End areas of Moore County.

The individuals were arrested on a combined total of 221 charges for distribution of drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, and prescription medications.

Individuals were also charged with misdemeanor child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

The arrests were made at the conclusion of a lengthy investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs in Moore County.

Those arrested include:

* Terry Lee Hyde III, 23, Carthage. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, sell heroin, deliver heroin, conspire to sell heroin, conspire to deliver heroin, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obtain property by false pretense. Bond: $15,000 unsecured.

* Terry Lee Hyde Jr, 51, Carthage. Charges: Conspire to sell heroin, conspire to deliver heroin, and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances. Bond: $7,500 secured.

* Thomas Burke Edmisten, 39, Robbins. Charges: (2 counts) Possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, (2 counts) sell heroin, (2 counts) deliver heroin, (2 counts) possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, (2 counts) sell methamphetamine, (2 counts) deliver methamphetamine, and (2 counts) possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $75,000 secured.

* Wanda Michelle Cockman Hill, 43, Carthage. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, sell schedule II-controlled substance, deliver schedule II-controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, sell marijuana, deliver marijuana, conspire to sell schedule II controlled substance, conspire to deliver schedule II-controlled substance, conspire to sell marijuana, conspire to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Bond: $15,000 secured.

* Steven Dalton Singletary, 49, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, sell schedule II-controlled substance, deliver schedule II-controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $10,000 secured.

* Rodrigo Amando Aviles, 36, Carthage. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, sell schedule II-controlled substance, deliver schedule II-controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI- controlled substance, sell marijuana, deliver marijuana, conspire to sell schedule II-controlled substance, conspire to deliver schedule II-controlled substance, conspire to sell marijuana, conspire to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Bond: $15,000 secured.

* Robert Travis Hill, 26, Carthage. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III-controlled substance, sell schedule III-controlled substance, deliver schedule III-controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place-for controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $10,000 secured.

* Robert Fred Zimmerli Jr, 31, Robbins. Charges: (5 counts) Possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, sell methamphetamine, deliver methamphetamine, conspire to sell methamphetamine, conspire to deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $100,000 secured.

* Rhonda Lynn Hancock, 39, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, sell schedule II-controlled substance, deliver schedule II-controlled substance, trafficking in opium or heroin by possession, trafficking in opium or heroin by sell, trafficking in opium or heroin by deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $15,000 secured.

* Pamela King Rush, 49, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III-controlled substance, sell schedule III-controlled substance, deliver schedule III-controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substances, misdemeanor child abuse, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Bond: $25,000 secured.

* Nicole Marie Sink, 32, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, sell schedule II-controlled substance, deliver schedule II-controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, m/s/d/p controlled substance within 1000 feet of school and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $10,000 secured.

* Nathanial Lynn Rush, 27, Robbins. Charges: (2 counts) Possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, (2 counts) sell heroin, (2 counts) deliver heroin, possession of heroin, conspire to sell heroin, conspire to deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, sell schedule II-controlled substance, deliver schedule II-controlled substance, conspire to sell schedule II-controlled substance, conspire to deliver schedule II-controlled substance, (3 counts) maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III-controlled substance, sell schedule III-controlled substance, deliver schedule-III controlled substance, conspire to sell schedule III-controlled substance, conspire to deliver schedule III-controlled substance and (3 counts) possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $75,000 secured.

* Kelly Ray Richardson, 31, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, sell schedule II-controlled substance, deliver schedule II-controlled substance, (2 counts) possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, (2 counts) sell methamphetamine, (2 counts) deliver methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $15,000 secured.

* Karen Marie Maness, 38, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, sell schedule II-controlled substance, deliver schedule II-controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance, sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $10,000 unsecured.

* Kaitlyn Alexandra Bevans, 21, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, sell heroin, possession of heroin, deliver heroin, conspire to sell heroin, conspire to deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, sell schedule II-controlled substance, deliver schedule II-controlled substance, conspire to sell schedule II-controlled substance, conspire to deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, and (2 counts) possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $80,000 secured.

* Jose Guerero Valenzuela, 24, Eagle Springs. Charges: (2 count’s) Possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, (2 counts) sell heroin, (2 counts) deliver heroin, conspire to sell heroin, conspire to deliver heroin, misdemeanor child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, (2 counts) maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, and (2 counts) possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $20,000 unsecured.

* Jonathan Mario Garcia, 32, Vass. Charges: (2 counts) Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, (2 counts) sell schedule II-controlled substance, (2 counts) deliver schedule II-controlled substance, conspire to sell schedule II-controlled substance, (2 counts) conspire to deliver schedule II-controlled substance, trafficking in opium or heroin by possession, trafficking in opium or heroin by sell, trafficking in opium or heroin by deliver, trafficking in opium or heroin by transport, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $15,000 unsecured.

* Jolee Diane Mercer, 32, Eagle Springs. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, sell heroin, deliver heroin, conspire to sell heroin, conspire to deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $2,500 unsecureds

* James Robert York, 49, Robbins. Charges: (2 counts) Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance, (2 counts) sell schedule II-controlled substance, (2 counts) deliver schedule II-controlled substance, trafficking in opium or heroin by possession, trafficking in opium or heroin by sell, trafficking in opium or heroin by deliver and (2 counts) maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances. Bond: $50,000 secured

* Gale Chavis Morgan, 64, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III-controlled substance, sell schedule III-controlled substance, deliver schedule III-controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances. Bond: $10,000 unsecured.

* Dylan Michael Brown, 21, Robbins. Charges: Conspire to sell methamphetamine, conspire to deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances. Bond: $10,000 unsecured.

* Dakota Aaron Rush, 24, Robbins. Charges: Possess heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $10,000 secured.

* Amber Maie Rush, 21, Eagle Springs. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, sell heroin, deliver heroin, conspire to sell heroin, conspire to deliver heroin, misdemeanor child abuse, contributing to delinquency of a juvenile, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $15,000 unsecured.

* Aaron Leshaun Cook, 38, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II-controlled substance-(Methamphetamine), sell schedule II-controlled substance-(Methamphetamine), deliver schedule II-controlled substance-(Methamphetamine), Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II- controlled substance-(Oxycodone), sell schedule II-controlled substance-(Oxycodone), deliver schedule II- controlled substance-(Oxycodone), (2 counts) m/s/d/p controlled substance w/n 1000ft of school, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $50,000 secured.

* Christopher Allen Rush, 22, Robbins. Charges: possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III-controlled substance, sell schedule III-controlled substance deliver schedule III-controlled substance, conspire to sell schedule III-controlled substance, conspire to deliver schedule III-controlled substance, possess heroin, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $80,000 secured.

* Douglas Allen Gattis, 37, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, sell methamphetamine, deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $7,500 secured.

* Brian Stacy Ritter, 33, West End. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III-controlled substance, sell schedule III-controlled substance, deliver schedule III-controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances. Bond: $25,000 unsecured.

* Brandon Monroe Duncan, 35, Robbins. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III-controlled substance, sell schedule III-controlled substance, deliver schedule III-controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substances. Bond: $5,000 secured.

* Brandi Nicole Dean Furr, 29, West End. Charges: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III-controlled substance, sell schedule III-controlled substance, deliver schedule III-controlled substance, (2 counts) misdemeanor child abuse, and (2 counts) contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Bond: $15,000 unsecured.

(10) comments

ken leary

I don't know Leigh. You may be clean for sixteen years, that, however, does not mean you are "sober." One of the AA slogans has to do with making assumptions. You may be familiar. And for your information, the cops ALWAYS tack on "with intent." ALWAYS. With all your "experience" what is the percentage of children removed from their home who went as volunteers? And if you want a pissing contest as to who has more substance abuse credibility, trust me, I have the resume to compete.

Leigh Thomas

I do understand the difference and have been sober and free. The Promises have unfolded and I have devoted my life to helping those that are suffering, just as I was helped. I have credentials to back mine up as well. Not just a resume’ but personal experience which gives me an understanding you will never have.

I’m not sure what exact slogan you are referring to so it would be nice if you would actually say it. On another note, a five year old isn’t going to volunteer and is not capable of making the decision on whether their environment is safe. Better unhappy until they feel the love of someone who cares than dead.

I am going to stop arguing with you as there will always be some difference in opinion between us as you will always see things your way and as right. I will take the higher road and bow out here. I have too many other things to do than sit and read articles and make comments. Live and let live!

ken leary

Maybe you and the cops should stop "helping" people through incarcerating them and putting them through a bureaucratic ringer. The method is punitive and not beneficial to the individual or society. We could try something different. Some best practice that has been successful somewhere other than our "exceptional" USA. A little advise re: substance abuse TX: stop "devoting" your life to helping others. It is a job. You can't "help" people by bending them to your will. Even though you purport to be clairvoyant, evidenced by your spectacularly wrong, though amusing, assessment of my history, you can't do anything for anybody if they are not willing. Demanding compliance is not helping. It is authoritarian, or fascist. As far as always seeing "things" my way: I see: 500,000 children dead in Iraq, weapons worth billions of dollars sold to Saudi's so they can drop bombs on school busses and hospitals; a little girl running down a street with skin burning off her body; thousands of children starving and dying in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela (all facilitated by the USA) ; millions of children debilitated by lead poisoning, starvation and homelessness right here in the good ol US of A.. But we spend our money funding the cops, the military, and electing politicians who enable and perpetuate this failed system. I don't think you "see" at all.

ken leary

Actually, this accomplishes nothing. I'm curious though. How much will the entire charade cost including the "investigation", court costs/lawyers, incarceration, child services due to incarcerated parents, lost income (anybody work?) lost income from rents, etc.. Was anybody actually caught in the act of committing a crime?: B&E, robbery, home invasion, anything? Did someone call the "cops" or did they just kind of invite themselves and "nose around" into what, by now, should be thought just a sub culture of a failing culture. One good thing for all the self-righteous law and order types, these people won't be able to vote. It is probably going to break their hearts.

Leigh Thomas

Seriously? - “child services due to incarcerated parents.” You are right, better to be left in such a safe environment with their drug dealing/using parents where they can learn to be just like them!!! Let’s send your children or grandchildren to their houses for the summer. I’m sure it would be just like going to camp. How do you feel about that???

ken leary

Better yet Leigh, why don't we send the "incarcerated parents" children to your house. I'm sure these children will be thrilled to be torn from their parents and placed in your care. Perhaps you have extensive knowledge regarding substance abuse and can prove that the best outcomes for children in these situations is to be thrown into a bureaucratic nightmare where they become objects waiting for processing and placement in an individual, or better yet, group home. You ever work in a group home Leigh? Try to look at the big picture. Do you think you can lock up every person who uses drugs to mitigate the stress of living in poverty and despair. There are millions and the number is growing every day. (Just as an aside, how many people in Moore County are doing "legal" drugs every day and caring for children.) Maybe these one trick pony cops and our "lawmakers" ought to look at other methods of drug interdiction. Try Portugal. Unfortunately, we are "exceptionally" committed to repeatedly proving Einstein's observation regarding insanity.

Leigh Thomas

First, every single one of the people arrested, except for two (one was for conspiracy and only one for just possession), were arrested for intent to sell. It wasn’t as if these parents were quietly using at home. When you sell, you are around all kinds of different people. Some dangerous. Not a safe environment for a child. I’m not saying we have the right answer but I was only commenting on what you said about the children being better off in that environment. Not all children will be better off in “the system” but at least they have a chance. Better a chance than none at all.

Second, they WOULD be better off in my home. I know for a fact as I have fostered many of these children. Have you?????

Third, I do have extensive knowledge of substance abuse and the effect it has on children. First hand. Do you? I am in recovery from substance abuse SO I KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. I have been sober for 16 years. I have seen the environments these children are in. I speak of these last two from experience. Those are the only things I comment on. I bet you don’t. I bet you’ve never been in a room full of adults shooting up, high, trading favors for drugs, shady characters coming and going, violence, abuse of women, I could go on and telling (or worse) the children to just go to their rooms. Like they don’t see it. I would be glad to go to lunch with you and fill you in on some of the child endangerment I’ve seen.

Let me guess, you probably come from the upper east coast (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, etc...) and probably went to a fancy college and got a degree in something that is only good for romanticizing and debating world concepts and theories that you have no first hand knowledge of. Managed to get a job that allowed you to retire here. You probably live on or near a golf course and have nothing better to do than read the paper all day and make comments. I only just recently subscribed to keep up with the virus information and this is the first time I have commented. I have better things to do. Notice the time of my two comments?

So please, it is nauseating to read the dribble of a small few of you that people don’t take serious because you are on here all the time. Speaking of Einstein’s observation regarding insanity, you keep repeating yourself over and over. See, not all people with a history of substance abuse are ignorant junkies without and education and illiterate.

Leigh Thomas

Addendum - “Do you think you can lock up every person who uses drugs to mitigate the stress of living in poverty and despair.“ This comment right here shows your ignorance. Not every one who uses does so out of living in poverty or despair. I know of many who are lawyers, doctors, nurses, educators, business men and women. I make three figures. Try attending some local alcoholics or narcotics anonymous meetings and seeing for yourself. You might just see one of your neighbors or buddies there!!!!!

Leigh Thomas

*Correction - Six figures.

Kent Misegades

Outstanding work Sheriff Shields and your Deputies. Your efforts take dangerous criminals off our streets and protect our young from the terrible consequences of drug abuse. All those who recently used the slur “Barney” should be ashamed.

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