Sheriff’s office announces 9 more arrests in ‘Operation One by One'

The pictured individuals have been arrested in connection with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office’s Operation One by One. (Contributed photos)

BEAUFORT — The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and Morehead City Police Department announced another round of arrests Friday in the undercover drug effort known as “Operation One by One.”

In a release, the CCSO said the operation is an effort to target criminal suspects who have allegedly engaged in the illegal sale and diversion of illegal drugs in Carteret County. The operation is ongoing and in its fourth round of arrests.

Sheriff Asa Buck asks anyone with information about suspicious or illegal activity to call the CCSO at 252-728-8400 or your local law enforcement agency. He reminds residents to never attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself.

The following individuals were arrested in the latest round of the operation:

  • Lenny Frank Best, 43, Newport, arrested Sept. 10 and charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin and one count of possessing methamphetamine. Bond set at $50,000 secured.
  • Michael Leroy Hucks, 52, Morehead City, arrested Sept. 1 and charged with two counts each of possessing cocaine with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, selling and delivering cocaine and one count each of manufacturing cocaine, selling cocaine, delivering cocaine and maintaining a dwelling used for keeping and selling a controlled substance. Bond set at $25,000 secured.
  • Mollie Christine Keller, 24, Newport, arrested Aug. 26 and charged with one count each of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, selling methamphetamine and delivering methamphetamine. Bond set at $10,000 unsecured.
  • Lance Mason, 46, Gloucester, arrested Aug. 20 and charged with one count each of possessing heroin with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, possessing a schedule II controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, possessing marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana, fleeing and eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger and resisting a public officer. Bond send at $50,000 secured.
  • Rodney Bruce Oden, 27, Beaufort, arrested Aug. 26 and charged with two counts each of possessing heroin with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, selling heroin and one count each of possessing a schedule I controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, selling a schedule I controlled substance, delivering a schedule I controlled substance, possessing a schedule II controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, selling a schedule II controlled substance and delivering a schedule II controlled substance. Bond set at $20,000 secured.
  • Katelyn Marie Reels, 27, Newport, arrested Sept. 7 and charged with one count each of possessing heroin with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver and manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance. Bond set at $5,000 secured.
  • Dayna Michelle Ruiz, 36, Havelock, arrested Sept. 3 and charged with one count each of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, selling methamphetamine and delivering methamphetamine. Bond set at $5,000 secured.
  • Robert Charles Whitchurch, 21, Newport, arrested Aug. 27 and charged with two counts each of possessing a schedule I controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, selling a schedule I controlled substance, delivering a schedule I controlled substance and one count each of possessing a schedule II controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, selling a schedule II controlled substance and delivering a schedule II controlled substance. Bond set at $75,000 secured.
  • Trevor Drew Willis, 23, Beaufort, arrested Aug. 19 and charged with four counts of maintaining a dwelling that was used for keeping and selling a controlled substance and two counts each of possessing heroin with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, selling heroin, delivering heroin, possessing a schedule II controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance, selling a schedule II controlled substance and delivering a schedule II controlled substance. Bond set at $78,000 secured.

(5) comments

mpjeep

Great job Sheriff Buck and staff. Another great Sheriff is Grady Judd of Polk County, Fla. I lived there 8 years and he's a no nonsense Sheriff.

Sleepwalker

Go get em CCSO

CARTERETISCORRUPT

More low level drug folks; the real suppliers are never caught. They won't put up with being messed around with. This isn't significant, will be the same 200 years from now.

relax at Shack

Trevor, you had a chance..as an integral part of East Carteret's runner-up (2014) and STATE CHAMPIONSHIP (2015) basketball teams, this could have been your ticket out. You didn't always make the best choices while at East but, the team NEEDED you and coaches/admin didn't hold you accountable, thus, the "bad behavior" was allowed to continue. A couple of coaches took you on after high school, but, you burned those bridges and ended up back here, not surprisingly, sucked into illegal activity. You still have a chance, gonna take some hard work and serious soul searching, if anything, turn it around for your child.. (or children?).. this story can be a success, and can be shared to inspire others..prayers..

relax at Shack

Thank you to our Sheriff's department and all who tirelessly keep going after these folks.

Among other tragedies associated with drug "activity", there are children in our school system who refer to some of these folks as "my mamma" and "my daddy"... Thanks for being an upstanding role model for them...

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