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NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Leland Police Department, made seven arrests Friday evening after conducting Operation Restore Order in the Town of Navassa. The operation was conducted in response to the increase in violent crimes and drug activity in the Navassa area.

“It has become necessary to take extreme enforcement measures in order to bring order to the community of Navassa,” said Sheriff John W. Ingram. “The citizens of Navassa deserve to live in peace without fear of stray bullets and thugs terrorizing their neighborhood. We will utilize every resource at our disposal to rid this community of the lawlessness which has recently reached critical levels. Make no mistake if you are part of the problem in this community or any other within the borders of Brunswick County we will not rest until you are held accountable for your actions!”

The following arrests were made as a result of Operation Restore Order:

Thomas Vincent Merrick: Possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin.

Samuelle Breshaun Corbett: Possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine.

Emanuel Willis: Assault inflict serious injury

Kourtnei Danea Martin: Simple assault

Clearence Cornelius Jacobs: Simple Assault

Tykeem McNeil: Possession of Marijuana and resist, hinder delay.

Brandyn McClear Barnhill: Injury to personal property.

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