After a six-month investigation, three women living at The Grand at Day Point public housing were arrested on several drug and alcohol charges Monday.
The arrests came after a joint operation involving several local and state law enforcement agencies, which converged on the apartment complex around noon.
The sheriff’s office brought in its armored vehicle during the operation. In all, 30 law enforcement officers from several agencies took part in the operation.
Officers seized 3.5 gallons of alcohol and an undetermined amount of drugs that were enough to warrant multiple charges, said Joseph Sadler, Wayne County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board law enforcement chief.
A stolen firearm was also confiscated and officers learned Monday afternoon that is was stolen. Additional charges for the weapon are planned, Sadler said.
Gail Boyette, who has lived at the public housing complex since June 2017, said that it has become a commonplace to see police in her neighborhood. She said the complex is known around the city as “the jungle.”
In 2015, Boyette lost her 23-year-old son, Diamond Sampson, to gun violence.
“We have to come together as a community to clean up where we live,” Boyette said.
Sadler said people can expect to see more law enforcement raids similar to the Day Circle crackdown Monday.
“This was a joint operation, and we will be conducting more operations like this,” Sadler said. “We will continue working to keep illegal drugs and alcohol off the streets.”
The following people were arrested and booked in the Wayne County Detention Center:
• Darnisha Dunn, 24, 1801 Day Circle, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a playground and an outstanding warrant for cocaine trafficking. She was also charged with other drug violations. Dunn was jailed on a secured bond of $150,000.
• Kenyonna S. Fuller, 23, 1803 Day Circle, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Fuller was jailed on a secured bond of $3,500.
• Valerie Dupuy, 51, 1801 Day Circle, was arrested on charges of maintaining a dwelling, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and selling alcohol without an ABC permit. She was jailed on a secured bond of $2,000.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the joint operation include N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Unit Violent Outlet Task Force, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, Johnston County SWAT team, Goldsboro Police Department, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Office of Special Investigations and Wilson County Alcohol Beverage Control.