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Residents' complaints prompt NHCSO drug investigation

Derwin Walker (left), Russell Sigman, Jr. (right)  (Source: NHCSO) Derwin Walker (left), Russell Sigman, Jr. (right) (Source: NHCSO)
Harley Boyd (left), Graham Powell, Jr. (right) (Source: NHCSO) Harley Boyd (left), Graham Powell, Jr. (right) (Source: NHCSO)
Joseph Cumbee (left), William Vereen (right) (Source: NHCSO) Joseph Cumbee (left), William Vereen (right) (Source: NHCSO)

Posted by Debra Worley - email

CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office arrested several people on drug related charges after receiving a number of complaints from residents.

County Sheriff Ed McMahon said the involvement of the McGregor Road citizens prompted the investigation.

"A great deal of crime in our communities is the result of illegal narcotics," said McMahon.  "Citizens should be able to go home and feel safe. We will continue to pursue those who sell drugs in our county."

According to the sheriff's office, 42-year-old Derwin James Walker was arrested Friday, Dec. 4 and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintain a vehicle for the purpose of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving during revocation.

The same day, authorities also arrested 39-year-old Russell Crump Sigman Jr., who was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.

The sheriff's office's operation ended Monday with the arrest of four more individuals.

21-year-old Harley Joseph Boyd faces several charges including: felony possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, manufacture marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of drugs.

47-year-old Graham Henry Powell Jr. faces charges of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of drugs.

38-year-old Joseph Edward Cumbee Jr. and 47-year-old William Carter Vereen face similar charges as Boyd and Powell.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's office encourages anyone who might have information on individuals selling narcotics to contact the Vice and Narcotics Division at 798-4100.

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