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Eight arrested in Pamlico County on drug-related charges

On the top row, from left to right: Gregory Michael Hopkins, Melinda Starr Blevins, Benjamin R. Cooke and Damond Shakarian Meritt. On the bottom row, from left to right: William Scott Smith, Johnnie Robert Isenhart, Lawrence Earl Isenhart Jr. and Vernon Arthur Miller (Pamico County Sheriff's Office photos)

BAYBORO, Pamlico County - The Pamlico County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of eight people they said were responsible for trafficking and transporting narcotics in Pamlico County.

Officials said meth, cocaine, heroin, prescription medication and money was seized. Undercover officers were used to conduct controlled purchases. Search warrants were issued, traffic stops were made and other investigative measures were used to lead to the arrests.

Arrested and charged were the following:

Gregory Michael Hopkins 189 Ireland Road, Alliance NC Possess SCH II, Possess SCH III, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Bond: $6,025 Melinda Starr Blevins 2066 Goose Creek Road, Grantsboro NC Arrested for: Destruction of Evidence, Possessing Methamphetamine, Possession of SCH VI, Sell and Deliver Sch II, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Bond: $30,000 Benjamin R. Cooke 172 Harper Lane, Grantsboro NC Arrested for: Sell and Deliver Sch II, Manufacture Sch II, Conspire to Sell and Deliver Sch II Bond: $30,000

Damond Shakarian Meritt 234 Pamlico Road, Oriental NC Arrested for: Sell and Deliver Sch II Bond: $10,000 William Scott Smith 9459 NC Hwy 304, Mesic NC Arrested for: Conspire to Sell and Deliver Heroin Bond: $10,000 Johnnie Robert Isenhart 511 Cooper Road, Bayboro NC Arrested for: PWIMSD Heroin, Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Heroin by Transport, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Bond: $70,000 Lawrence Earl Isenhart JR. 118 Third Street, Stonewall NC Arrested for: PWIMSD Heroin, Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Heroin by Transport, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Bond: $80,000 Vernon Arthur Miller 107 Paul Farm Road, Grantsboro NC Arrested for: DWLR, Trafficking in Opium by Possession, Trafficking in Opium by Transportation, Possession of Methamphetamine Bond: $150.000

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