WPD officers awarded for busting multi-state counterfeit ring


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The United States Secret Service presented four Wilmington Police Department officers with certificates of appreciation Tuesday afternoon for their help in busting a multi-state counterfeit ring.

Ofc. Dominick Calderone, Ofc. Kirby Kealon, Detective Cardiellea Barksdale and Detective Brandon Reece received their awards during a ceremony with US Secret Service Agent Brandon Bridgeforth.

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“It’s nice that we get to catch these guys,” Bridgeforth said. “Not only do we get to catch them in the act, but we stopped them. Ever since that day we have not seen any more of that counterfeit come across nationwide.”

Officers arrested Shawn Buzbee, 46, and Sabe Buzbee, 37, on August 6 for a counterfeit operation that spanned from Florida to North Carolina.