Wayne County sheriff deputies arrested five people and seized stolen vehicles involved in a alleged chop shop operation on Thigpen Dairy Road.
Officers, including investigators, joined by Duplin County deputies, Goldsboro police and the agents with the license and theft bureau of the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles descended upon the property at 390 Thigpen Dairy Road at about 10 a.m. Wednesday and arrested two men and three women.
Six stolen vehicles were recovered, along with stolen handguns, tools, drugs and drug paraphernalia, officers said.
Arrested at the scene were Teddy Alan Moody, 41, of 390 Thigpen Dairy Road in Mount Olive; Jody Lee Ginn, 37, of 401 Pate Road in Fremont; Alexandra Michelle Smith, 32, of 1614 Davis Homestead Road in Selma; Kristina Marie Davis, 26, of 220 Ann St. in Goldsboro; and Alesia Maranda Scott, 24, of 239 Bennett’s Bridge Road in Mount Olive.
Moody was charged with six counts of possession of stolen motor vehicle, possession of firearm by a felon, possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and three counts of possession of stolen goods. He was booked in the Johnston County Detention Center under additional charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods. He was jailed under a $310,000 secured bond.
Ginn, Smith, Davis and Scott were booked in the Wayne County Detention Center after the arrest.
Ginn was charged with six counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and three counts of possession of stolen goods. Ginn was jailed under a $40,000 secured bond.
Smith was charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance. Smith was jailed under a $2,500 secured bond.
Davis was charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and jailed under a $1,500 secured bond.
Scott was charged with possession with the intent to sell deliver methamphetamine and jailed under a $1,500 secured bond.
Ginger Carter, who lives next door to the Thigpen Dairy Road home, said she saw people coming and going all times of the day and night.
“It has been nothing but a nightmare since they moved in a year ago,” Carter said.
Detective Lt. Tom Flores, with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies received information that stolen property was being kept on the property.
Flores said if the suspects are charged with federal crimes, each could face more 20 years in prison. He said the residence where the stolen vehicles were seized was littered with trash.
“Sheriff (Larry) Pierce and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office take all criminal complaints serious and, at times, citizens wonder if subjects like these will ever be caught,” said Capt. Shawn Harris. “Let me assure you that the sheriff’s office works diligently to investigate and arrest subjects on all complaints.”