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Sheriff’s Office Completes Major Drug Bust, Nets 127 Charges

Post Date:04/02/2018

Over the course of 3 months, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office carried out an investigation into a suspected local opioid prescription pill-sharing network. It was discovered that approximately 600 opioid prescription pills were passing among members of the network each month. Deputies were able to identify all participants within the network and charge them accordingly.

 

The investigation resulted in the seizure of 887 prescription opiate pills, 224 Xanax, 8.5 grams of marijuana, 2 vehicles, and $4,647.00 in cash. After 8 arrests and 127 charges, investigators say the suspects owe over $17,000.00 in drug taxes to the North Carolina Department of Revenue. A percentage of these funds will be reinvested into the Sheriff’s Office to pay for equipment purchases and other vital supplies to allow deputies to continue serving the community.

 

“The opioid crisis is a national issue that is also impacting us here in Chatham County,” says Sheriff Mike Roberson. “Your Sheriff’s Office is working tirelessly to combat this crisis through education, prevention, intervention, and treatment. It takes a community effort and plenty of teamwork to reach a successful resolution. My deputies are committed to putting a stop to opioid abuse and misuse in Chatham County.”

 

The Sheriff’s Office has charged Alisha Denise Moore, 36, of 227 Moores Xing, Bear Creek, with two counts of conspiracy to traffic opiates more than 28 grams by transportation, two counts of  conspiracy to traffic opiates more than 28 grams by possession, three counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to sell/deliver opiates, conspiracy to traffic opiates more than 4 grams by possession, conspiracy to traffic opiates more than 4 grams by transportation, trafficking opiates more than 28 grams by possession, possession with intent to sell/deliver opiates, felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, trafficking opiates more than 4 grams by sell, trafficking opiates more than 4 grams by possession, possession with intent to sell/deliver opiates, sell/deliver opiates, felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. She was assigned a $100,000.00 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on May 21.

 

The Sheriff’s Office has charged Thomas Neil Moore, 61, of 265 Moores Xing, Bear Creek, with simple possession of Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver opiates, felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, trafficking opiates more than 28 grams by possession, trafficking opiates more than 4 grams by possession, conspiracy to traffic opiates more than 4 grams by transportation, three counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to sell/deliver opiates, two counts of conspiracy to traffic opiates more than 28 grams by possession, conspiracy to traffic opiates more than 4 grams by possession, conspiracy to traffic opiates more than 28 grams by transportation, and conspiracy to traffic opiates more than 28 grams by delivery. He was assigned a $100,000.00 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on May 21.

 

The Sheriff’s Office has charged James Kilgore, 66, of 141 Kilgore Hill Road, Siler City, with two counts of conspiracy to traffic opiates by possession, two counts of conspiracy to traffic opiates by transportation, conspiracy to traffic opiates by sell, two counts of conspiracy to maintain a vehicle for a controlled substance, conspiracy to possess with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of conspiracy to possess a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of conspiracy to sell/deliver opiates, two counts of trafficking opiates by transportation, two counts of trafficking opiates by possession, trafficking opiates by sell, two counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was assigned a $250,000.00 secured bond and appeared in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on March 26.

 

The Sheriff’s Office has charged Melinda Rose Kilgore, 65, of 141 Kilgore Hill Road, Siler City, with conspiracy to traffic opiates by possession, conspiracy to traffic opiates by transportation, conspiracy to traffic opiates by sell, conspiracy to possess with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, conspiracy to maintain a vehicle for a controlled substance, trafficking opiates by possession, trafficking opiates by delivery, possession with intent to sell/deliver opiates, and felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. She was assigned a $250,000.00 secured bond and appeared in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on March 26.

 

The Sheriff’s Office has charged Rebecca Diane Kilgore, 43, of 141 Kilgore Hill Road, Siler City, with conspiracy to traffic opiates by possession, conspiracy to traffic opiates by transportation, conspiracy to traffic opiates by sell, conspiracy to maintain a vehicle for a controlled substance, and conspiracy to possess with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance. She was assigned a $250,000.00 secured bond and appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on March 26.

 

The Sheriff’s Office has charged Donna Dowd Maness, 51, of 44 McLeods Way, Bear Creek, with trafficking opiates by sell, trafficking opiates by possession, possession with intent to sell/deliver opiates, sell/deliver opiates, and simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. She was assigned a $1,116,000.00 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court on April 23.

 

The Sheriff’s Office has charged Mary Ann Patterson, 58, of 509 South 3rd Street, Sanford, with four counts of conspiracy to traffic opiates by transportation, four counts of conspiracy to traffic opiates by possession, conspiracy to traffic opiates by sell/deliver, three counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to sell/deliver opiates, conspiracy to sell/deliver opiates, conspiracy to maintain a vehicle for a controlled substance, four counts of trafficking opiates by transportation, four counts of trafficking opiates by possession, trafficking opiates by sell, four counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver opiates, sell/deliver opiates, and three counts of simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. She was assigned a $500,000.00 secured bond and appeared in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on March 26.

 

The Sheriff’s Office has charged Willie Ricks, 71, of 509 South 3rd Street, Sanford, with four counts of conspiracy to traffic opiates by transportation, four counts of conspiracy to traffic opiates by possession, conspiracy to traffic opiates by sell, conspiracy to maintain a vehicle for a controlled substance, four counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to sell/deliver opiates, four counts of trafficking opiates by transportation, and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. He was assigned a $500,000.00 secured bond and appeared in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on March 26.

 

Sheriff Mike Roberson is a member of North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein’s Opioid Task Force and co-founded the Sheriff’s Prevention Partnership on Controlled Substances with Health Director Layton Long in 2016 in order to build a collaborative approach to the opioid issue in the community. He says that these arrests are part of a comprehensive plan for combating the opioid crisis in Chatham County.

 

“It is important to identify and target the root of the issue. There is much more work ahead, but we aren’t backing down,” says Sheriff Mike Roberson. “Addiction is a community issue that requires a unified approach involving agencies and individuals. To be successful, it will take health organizations, schools, non-profits, emergency services, law enforcement, churches—ALL of us—working together with one vision in mind.”

 

Alisha Moore 36

Alisha Moore, 36

 

Thomas Neil Moore, 61

Donna Maness

Donna Maness, 51

Rebecca Kilgore, 43

James Kilgore

James Kilgore, 66

Melinda Rose Kilgore, 65

Mary Ann Patterson, 58

Willie Ricks, 71

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