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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — An undercover drug bust landed two Wrightsville Beach employees behind bars. The shocking part: they were both in their work uniforms when they allegedly made a drug deal in Carolina Beach.

“We had some information they had been selling in the area,” Carolina Beach Police Chief Kurt Bartley said.

Those alleged drug dealers, Carolina Beach police say, were Laraun Moultrie and William Bryant IV.

At the time, both men were Town of Wrightsville Beach employees. Police say they were wearing their town uniforms when they were busted.

“Towns try to hire the best people for the best positions, and we do have an ethical responsibility to hire the right people,” Bartley said. “Unfortunately there are people that are employed, and you don’t find out until after a situation like this happens.”

Police say on November 29, the duo sold nearly $700 worth of crack and marijuana to an undercover detective at a Carolina Beach motel. Police arrested the two men on North Lake Park Blvd., just steps from the Carolina Beach Police Department.

The Town of Wrightsville Beach tells us Moultrie was fired the next day. Bryant is still on the job.

“This is a personnel matter and will be handled appropriately,” Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti said in a statement. “I will say it is disappointing.”

Back in Carolina Beach, Chief Bartley says no one is above the law.

“Just like every citizen is responsible to stay within the laws, so are employees of the government,” he said.

Moultrie and Bryant face a slew of felony drug charges. Both men are out of jail. They are due back in court tomorrow.

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13 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Wrightsville Beach workers arrested in uniform allegedly selling drugs"

2015 years 8 months ago

Noticed the two job vacancies a few days ago and thought it was odd that there were two from the same department, since job vacancies at WB are usually pretty rare.


2015 years 8 months ago

Perhaps if they were not wearing their uniforms! Which not only identified their employer but likely also had their names embroidered on them! A ‘genius’ would take a moment to at least de-identify oneself before engaging in criminal activity!

2015 years 8 months ago

Now, there’s a classic statement with a new, made up word that means nothing. For the drug dealers to “obscure thier identity”, that would indicate they had a half of a brain left from former drug use. So…do you think the detectives wouldn’t be able to identify or arrest the dealers if they didn’t have uniforms on? “Oh…I would arrest your for trying to sell me drugs, but since I can’t read your name off your shirt, I can’t fill out the arrest warrant. You’re free to go now…”

2015 years 8 months ago

These two should be marked down in the dumbest criminals book. What kind of screening does Wrightsville Beach do on their applicants? Sheesh!

2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t think so. Mobile – basically unsupervised worker’s going throughout a town? That’s clever.
Kinda reminds me of the fast food restaurant employees working the take out window. Headset for burger orders in one ear – blue tooth for taking drug orders in the other. This puts the dealer in a stationary location which is not good but considering the quality of many fast food management employees and their lack of attention to detail?
Kinda makes the WB garbage men look like geniuses….


2015 years 8 months ago

School teachers and preachers molest, cops peek, so why shoudn’t garbage men sell drugs?

Will Bryant
2015 years 8 months ago

Yes it was dumb mistake, the media putting there own little spin on the situation. This happened over 2 weeks ago and you put it in the news now. Y’all be quick to judge us but don’t know me or him or our situation.

2015 years 8 months ago

why don’t you tell what your “situation” is that warranted you to go to Carolina Beach, in uniform, and sell drugs? What “situation” are you currently experiencing?

2015 years 8 months ago

What? “Y’all be quick to judge us but you don’t know me or him or our situation”. From this I surmise (I know that is a big word for you) that you are one of the perps or are you just pretending to be?

If ignorance is bliss, you must be living in Utopia by now!

2015 years 8 months ago

So by admitting you made a ‘dumb mistake’ you are basically admitting that you’re guilty of these charges? And how is any of this a ‘mistake’? Are you going to stand up in court and say ‘oh it was all a huge mistake, I sold those drugs to the undercover informant by accident!!’ Not sure what ‘spin’ you think the media is putting on your situation, as it appears to me that they’re just reporting the facts!

Will Bryant
2015 years 8 months ago

Just know that I was carpooling. A passenger nothing more nothing less but read this story I’m doing way more than that.

Will Bryant
2015 years 8 months ago

lmao Anne THE HIGHEST FORM OF IGNORANCE IS WHEN YOU REJECT SOMETHING YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT…… AND NO I STAY IN BOLTON. And I also know that the world’s #1 enemy is an educated black man!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Obviously this is an issue but if you wasnt there you know nothing. People are very quick to judge but cant see this is Carolina Beach trying to make Wrightsville Beach look stupid if these guys didnt have on their uniform it would have been another crime swept under the rug. To the media it seems to be a great story so enjoy it but when it’s all said and done let’s see how the media respond.m


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