Checkpoints Reel in Drugs, Firearms –
Columbus County checkpoints revealed stolen firearms, narcotics and alcohol opened over the weekend
The Sheriff’s Office is participating in Click or Ticket’s ongoing crackdown on impaired and aggressive drivers. Multiple agencies are focusing on additional patrols and law enforcement through 9/11.
A Virginia man was arrested for drugs, alcohol and weapons at a Peacock Road license checkpoint on September 2. Thomas Wayne Stech, 22, of North Dinwiddie, Va., was placed on $5,000 bail after deputies allegedly found marijuana, cocaine, liquor containers and a stolen handgun in his vehicle.
On September 3, another checkpoint discovered a variety of drugs and two suspects. Ashley Yanira Alvarado, 21, and Jeffrey Edwin Blanco, 21, of Silver Spring, Md., were detained on less than $20,000 each, according to detention records. Both have been charged with criminal possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and prescription drugs. Simple possession of cocaine and prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia.
The sheriff’s office reported that deputies operating a checkpoint on Old Stake Road saw a marijuana cigarette in the center console when Blanco pulled over. They also discovered a bag containing residue of white powder that tested positive for cocaine; and Sertaline, Oxycodone, Tramadol and Alprazolam pills. Both suspects were charged as neither claimed the drugs.
A checkpoint on Delco Prosper Road produced an open container of alcohol and methamphetamines – and two wanted suspects.
Robin Carroll Spaulding, 44, of Wilshire Blvd., Wilmington, was held on $10,000 bond, charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver the drugs and paraphernalia . Daniel Ray Reynolds, 46, of Maco Road NE, Leland, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and a violation of criminal probation. His bail was set at $35,000. Christine Elizabeth McCardell, 40, of Grist Mill Wynd, Leland, was arrested for failing to appear and placed on $2,500 bail.
Reynolds was driving and McArdell and Spaulding passengers in the vehicle when he approached a checkpoint on Sunday afternoon. The report says an open liquor can was easily visible. A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine in the passenger side glove compartment and in the passenger compartment. Methamphetamine, dextraphetamine and amphetamine pills were found in the rear passenger area.