Mother, son, seven other teens arrested on charges of selling, distributing illegal drugs.
by Jonathan McNamara
YOUNGSVILLE — A local teen’s car accident was the first of many dominoes to fall in a Franklin County drug investigation.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested eight teenagers and the mother of one of the teens.
According to police reports, Deputy J. Hastings was the arresting officer on July 25 in an investigation that was started in regards to the sale of controlled substances in the Youngsville area.
In recent months the Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints about drug activity among a group of teenagers that live in, or hang around Youngsville and Franklinton, according to police reports.
Hastings said the Sheriff’s Office was able to identify multiple teenagers involved in selling or using drugs.
During the course of the investigation, deputies seized a phone that was taken from John Richard Lambert, 17, 1119 Moores Pond Road, Youngsville, after he was involved in an accident.
Deputies found several messages in the phone directly involving the sale and distribution of controlled substances, specifically marijuana and methylenedioxy-methylamphetamine (MDMA), better known as ecstasy.
Deputies also found pictures of teenagers consuming what appeared to be illegal substances.
As a result of this information charges were filed against Robert Steven Kinton, 16, and Jessica Nicole Kinton, 16, both of 1034 Tarboro Road, and Lambert.
When deputies arrived at the residence on Tarboro Road, Jessica Kinton was arrested without incident for felony conspiracy to sell or deliver marijuana, according to reports.
A phone call was made by Jessica Kinton to Robert Kinton asking him and Lambert to come back to the residence where the deputies were unknowingly waiting for them to arrive.
When they arrived, two more teenagers were in the car — Trea Sean Johnson, 19, 219 Lane Store Road, Franklinton and Kenneth Carl Woodcock, 18, 188 Mill Creek Drive, Youngsville.
There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to police reports, deputies noticed Johnson holding a brown-colored bag.
Johnson refused to allow deputies to search the bag.
A K-9 officer conducted a sweep of the bag, and alerted the presence of narcotics.
Deputies found a blue plastic container with cigars and marijuana inside. Johnson also had cigars in his pants pocket, according to reports.
Marijuana users sometimes hollow out cigars and fill them with marijuana to smoke the drug undetected in what is called a “blunt.”
Johnson was arrested for felony possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a controlled substance.
Mother knows best?
Lambert and Woodcock were detained and taken to Woodcock’s residence on Mill Creek Drive to return his mother’s vehicle to her and inform her of the charges being against her son.
When deputies arrived to the home they immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming off of Donna Juck as well as from inside the house.
Deputies reported Juck was extremely uncooperative and was upset by the deputies being at her house.
Deputies reported that Woodcock informed them of two-to-three grams of marijuana was in his room.
As the deputies entered the house it smelled like burnt marijuana, they reported.
When searching Woodcock’s room deputies reported water bongs in plain view and a mason jar full of marijuana.
A warrant was then obtained for the search of the residence based on what deputies saw in Woodcock’s room.
According to reports while deputies talked to Juck she admitted her son and his friends smoked marijuana and came to the house to do so.
She also stated that she did the same and couldn’t see why the deputies were making such a big deal out of everything.
She asked the deputies to not punish her son for her being a bad mother.
During the search of the rest of the house deputies found marijuana, what appeared to be MDMA, water bongs, cough syrup with codeine, and adderall.
They also found evidence Woodcock was selling the marijuana, including parts of a digital scale, Ziplock bags, as well as large amounts of empty cigar boxes that coincide with the messages on Woodcock’s phone related to him selling blunts.
Deputies found marijuana,psilocybin mushrooms and glass pipes with marijuana residue in them.
All evidence was photographed and turned over to City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI).
Juck was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, maintaing a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and simple possession of a controlled substance and is being confined at the Franklin County jail in lieu of a $27,500 bond.
Woodcock was arrested for 15 felony counts of conspiracy to sell and or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, conspiracy to sell or deliver a controlled substance, maintaing a dwelling for sell or use a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and is being confined at the Franklin County jail in lieu of a $136,000 bond.
Lambert was arrested for five counts of conspiracy to sell and or deliver a controlled substance and three counts of conspiracy to sell or deliver marijuana and is being held at the Franklin County jail in lieu of a $35,000 bond.
Clues uncovered …
Continuing to investigate Woodcock’s cellphone use after obtaining a warrant, deputies were able to arrest Mary Hannah Newton, 18, 25 Wellington Court, Franklinton, for two counts of felony conspiracy to sell and or deliver marijuana.
They also charged Phillip Cody Brown, 17, 502 Lake Road, Creedmoor, on two counts of felony conspiracy to sell and or deliver a controlled substances and seven felony counts of conspiracy to sell or deliver marijuana.
Also charged was Forrest Delano Murosky, 18, 395 Bert Winston Road, for two counts of felony conspiracy to sell or deliver a controlled substance, according to reports.
Deputies are continuing to investigate possible related crimes and anticipate additional arrests.