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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An undercover operation has led to six arrests in Wilmington for multiple drug and firearm charges.

Crack, heroin and fentanyl are some of the drugs that were being supplied throughout Wilmington in a drug ring that is now dismantled. The sting was part of Operation Tourniquet.

Wilmington Police, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, targeted alleged members of the Bloods street gang in Wilmington.

“We are committed to combating these gangs to further decrease gun and drug crimes in the Wilmington area and stamp out the gang activity on its street,” U.S. District Attorney Eastern District Robert Higdon, Jr. said.

Several law enforcement agencies came together to discuss the undercover operation.

“The investigation culminated in a coordinated take down, carried out by a joint force of approximately sixty law enforcement officers. This included assistance from members of both the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Offices and we’ve made additional arrests this week and we expect more to come,” Higdon said.

It was all a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods to reduce gun and gang crime in America.

Six Port City men have been indicted on several drug charges, four of which also have pending illegal firearm charges.

WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous thanked everyone involved who helped make the streets a little safer.

“We work together, we partner together, we put our resources together, and I have to tell you, we’re making a difference,” Evangelous said. “It’s a long road, but we’re making some progress.”

Investigators described the six men arrested as “the worst of the worst”. They had a combined three dozen felony convictions prior to this operation.

Victor Eugene Dorm (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

29-year-old Victor Eugene Dorm, aka “VI”:

– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute twenty eight (28) grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of powder cocaine
– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five (5) kilograms or more of powder cocaine
– One count of manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute twenty-eight (28) grams or more of cocaine base (crack)
– Eight counts of distribution and possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine, and/or powder cocaine
– Two counts of use and carry a firearm during and in relation to the distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin
– One count of use and carry a firearm during and in relation to the manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of crack cocaine and possession of the firearm in furtherance of the same
– Six counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Rufus Lamar Parker (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

27-year-old Rufus Lamar Parker, aka “Rudy Parker”:

– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute twenty eight (28) grams or more of cocaine
base (crack) and a quantity of powder cocaine
– Six counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine

Sylvester Lorenzo Hooper, Jr. (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

26-year-old Sylvester Lorenzo Hooper, Jr. aka “Pocket Watch”:

– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute twenty-eight (28) grams or more of cocaine base (crack) Possession of a firearm by a felon
– Four counts of Distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack)

James Flowers (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

24-year-old James Flowers, aka “Jamaal Greene”, “Chapo”, “Slick”:

– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute twenty eight (28) grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of powder cocaine
– One Count manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack) and aiding and abetting
– One Count use and and carry a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possession of firearm in furtherance of such crime and aiding and abetting

Eugene Telphia Grady, Jr. (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

31-year-old Eugene Telphia Grady, Jr. aka “Taeo”

– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of of cocaine base (crack)
– Three counts Distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack)

Joseph Anthony Vaught (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

28-year-old Joseph Anthony Vaught, aka “Gotti”:

– Distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin
– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five (5) kilograms or more of powder cocaine
– Use and carry a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possession of firearm in
furtherance of such crime
– Attempted interference with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting
– Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

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  • bill gasher

    Thank goodness law enforcement is on the ball, I love Wilmington and want it to study stay a great place to live

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