Sheriff: Safe Streets Operation ends with multiple arrests

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A joint operation that took place in Bladen County over the last week led to multiple arrests and charges.

According to a release, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, Pender County Sheriff’s Office, FBI Safe Streets Taskforce, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, and the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted a multi-agency operation in the East Arcadia and Clarkton areas of Bladen County after numerous community complaints.

Antonio Levon Graham, 40, of Riegelwood was charged with:

  • Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine
  • Possession of cocaine
  • Maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of keeping and selling controlled substances
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Fictitious registration
  • No insurance

Graham is being held in the Bladen County Detention Center under a $52,500 bond.

David Dean Bowen, 59, of Riegelwood, also known as “Sambo,” was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. The Sheriff’s Office says “Sambo’s” is a documented illegal open air alcohol and narcotics distribution outlet located on Carter Road in East Arcadia.

Ricky Butler II, of Whiteville, was arrested on three outstanding warrants for assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in the Bladen County Detention Center under a $2,500.00 bond.

Eight other people were charged with marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, and various traffic offenses.

“When we receive complaints from the community we try to respond,” said Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. “These arrests were the direct result of complaints from citizens who want their streets safe. This type of aggressive street level enforcement requires a lot of manpower and that is why we seek help from multiple agencies when we begin this type of operation.”

Sheriff McVicker said this type of drug interdiction would continue in areas reported by citizens and by increased observation by both uniform and undercover officers.

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