Prescription pain pills and cocaine dominate the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department’s latest round of felony drug arrests.
Numerous undercover drug buys over the last 3½ months resulted in charges against 22 Wilkes residents, said Lt. Craig Dancy, who heads the sheriff’s department’s narcotics division.
Dancy said most of those charged are considered low level drug dealers, including several believed to have sold prescription pain pills they were prescribed.
He said most of the prescription pain pills bought in the recent undercover transactions were Roxicodone and Opana, both opioids. He said Roxicodone generally sells for $1 per milligram, while Opana typically sells for twice that amount.
Roxicodone is a brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride and Opana, which has been described as “morphine on steroids,” is a brand name for oxymorphone,
Opana, abused more often recently, is a particularly powerful and addictive painkiller with equally intense withdrawal symptoms. Kentucky news reports describe a link between Opana and a rise in overdose deaths and thefts from homes while victims are there in that state.
Opana reportedly started being abused more after Oxycotin was reformulated to make it harder to crush and snort. The pharmaceutical company that makes Opana recently said its new Opana formulation would do the same thing.
Dancy said that in some instances, the number of people charged increased as suspects unwittingly led undercover drug officers to different sources of cocaine and prescription pain pills.
Over half of the 22 people are charged with conspiring with others in one of three groups to sell cocaine or prescription pain pills, he said.
Dancy said that in one of these groups, Roland Telles Wilfong, 63, of Edgewood Mill Road, Wilkesboro; Jeffery Wayne Coffey, 43, of Lazy Acres Lane, North Wilkesboro; Savannah Lynn Webb, 25, of Sawyer Road, Hays; Angel Nicole Bailey, 24, of Sparta Road, North Wilkesboro; and Anita Jean Baker, 20, of North Minton Road, Millers Creek, are all charged with at least one count of conspiracy to sell cocaine.
Wilfong is also charged with five counts each of selling cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. Coffey is also charged with one count each of selling cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.
Dancy said that in another group, Dennis Gregory Billings, 42, of Elledge Mill Road, North Wilkesboro; Andrew Pershawn Smith, 24, of Winkler Mill Road, Wilkesboro; Clifton Demonde Williams, 36, of Fairplains Road, North Wilkesboro; and Casey Bryan Johnson, 29, of Dog Run Lane, North Wilkesboro, are charged with at least one count each of conspiracy to sell cocaine.
He said Smith threw down two bags of cocaine and fled on foot when he arrived at Williams’ house while investigators were there with a search warrant. An officer pursued Smith on foot for about a mile before catching him, said Dancy. Smith was charged with resist, obstruct and delay.
Dancy said the investigation determined that Johnson and Billings would go together to Williams’ house to get cocaine.
Johnson is also charged with four counts of selling cocaine and one count of selling prescription pain medication. Williams is also charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.
He said the investigation also determined that Johnson bought prescription pain pills from Michael Allen Bauguess, 40, of J Street, North Wilkesboro. Bauguess is charged with conspiracy to sell prescription pain medication.
In a third group, Duane Alfred Church, 61, and his wife, Willa Dean Church, 62, both of Hamby Mountain Place, Purlear, and Donnie Wake Blevins, 51, of Bell’s View Lane. North Wilkesboro, are charged with three counts each of conspiracy to sell prescription pain pills. Blevins is also charged with three counts of selling prescription pain pills.
Dancy said Elizabeth Burchette McGuire, 33, of Pleasant Hill Drive in the Pleasant Hill community and Ashley Renee Davis, 30, of Mineral Springs Drive, Jonesville, are charged with conspiring with each other to sell cocaine. Ms. McGuire is also charged with another count of conspiracy to sell cocaine and with five counts each of selling cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.
He said Natasha Dezaray Turner, 24, of Emerald Village Park, Millers Creek, and Crystal Lynn Gregory, 33, of Elledge Mill Road, North Wilkesboro, are charged with conspiring with each other to sell methamphetamine.
Ms. Gregory is also charged with one count each of selling meth and possession with intent to sell and deliver meth. Ms. Turner is also charged with one count each of trafficking in prescription pain pills by selling, delivering and transporting and possession with intent to sell and deliver prescription pain pills.
Others charged and their offenses are:
• James Ceasar of Mel Lane, Jonesville, one count each of selling prescription pain pills and felony selling marijuana;
• Devin Shaunte Alexander, 32, of Old Ridge Road, Millers Creek, one count of conspiracy to sell cocaine;
• Jimmy Mitchell Locklear, 45, of Red, White and Blue Road, Roaring River, one count each of selling prescription pain pills and selling meth;
• Phillip Boyd Everson, 32, of Old Highway 18, Wilkesboro, one count of selling prescription pain pills;
• Claude Junior Royal of Vannoy Road, Wilbar, one count of possession of meth precursors.
Most, but not all, of the people charged have been arrested.