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ONLY ON 3: Wrightsville Beach workers arrested in uniform allegedly selling drugs


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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