Greenville authorities said proactive police work and community involvement led to the arrest of 13 suspects in a four-hour span for various weapon- and drug-related charges.
According to a news release issued Tuesday by the Greenville Police Department, police received a report about 10 p.m. Saturday of a party in the Lindsay Drive area. The report indicated gang members, guns and drugs were present. Several officers responded to the area and noticed an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from 326 Lindsay Drive, according to the release.
A search warrant was obtained and served at the residence. Officers recovered a felony amount of marijuana and three guns, two of which were reported stolen. The following subjects were charged during the investigation:
· Jeremy Mercer of Greenville was charged with two counts of possession of a stolen firearms, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute, felony marijuana possession, possession of firearm with obliterated serial number and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance;
· Symone Givens of Greenville was charged with two counts of possession of a stolen firearms, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute, felony marijuana possession, possession of firearm with obliterated serial number and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance;
· Dexter Mandel Carney of Goldsboro was charged with two counts of possession of a stolen firearms, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute, felony marijuana possession and possession of firearm with obliterated serial number.
Later that night, South Zone and East Zone neighborhood officers and members of the GPD’s Gun Violence Reduction Unit were following up on a report of shots fired in the area of 324 Haven Drive, the release said. The officers exited their vehicles to speak with a group of males and detected the smell of marijuana on the group and in their vehicles.
Officers found the group in possession of three handguns, one of which was in one of the individual’s waistband, the release said. The individual did not have a valid concealed handgun permit, the release said, and two more handguns were located in a car and had serial numbers scratched off.
Among the people arrested during the incident were:
· Rashawn Tyrik Brown of Greenville;
· Shykeem Arkel Hicks of Kinston;
· Raekwon Naseri Kinsey of Kinston (had handgun on waistband);
· Shaquan Tysheim Harper of Kinston;
· Keyante Antonio-Ry Mitchell of Kinston;
· Jonta Kenyada Garner of Kinston;
· Khalil Rasheed Crouell of Kinston.
All seven were charged with various weapon and/or drug charges, the release said.
At approximately 1 a.m. Sunday, officers conducted a vehicle stop at Evans and Third streets, the release said. A handgun and marijuana were located in the car, the release said. The driver, Jadiquis Randolph, was cited for possession of marijuana. The passenger, Robert Gay, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, according to the police.
About 2 a.m. Saturday, an eyewitness informed Greenville police officers working downtown that there were two armed individuals in the vicinity. The citizen gave officers a detailed description and location of the two, according to the release.
Officers located and stopped two males in front of Club 519 on Cotanche Street. During a weapons pat-down, a loaded handgun was found in one of the suspect’s waistband. The suspect, Joshua Harris, was intoxicated and did not possess a valid concealed handgun permit, the release said. The second suspect, Jon-Michael Allen Futrell, also was patted down for weapons and officers found a loaded handgun inside Futrell’s front right pocket, the release said. Futrell also was intoxicated and did not possess a valid concealed handgun permit. The handgun found was reported stolen from Ayden. Futrell and Harris both were arrested and charged, the release said.