Bail Bonds Agent Arrested By Undercover Officers

A licensed bail bonds agent is facing serious charges after her arrest on 16 felony warrants.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said they took Lataronette Alford into custody at her home on Barefoot Street in Benson on Wednesday.

The 25 year-old bonds agent had been the subject of a three month undercover drug investigation by sheriff’s narcotics agents.

Authorities allege Alford sold cocaine to undercover officers four times, twice from her residence and two times out of her vehicle at an undisclosed location.

“We don’t tolerate anyone breaking the law,” said John Cable, Deputy Commissioner with the NC Department of Insurance (NCDOI), who is the regulatory commissioner over bail bonds agents. “We have opened up an investigation. Because it is ongoing we cannot comment.”

Commissioner Cable said an investigator with the NCDOI has been in contact with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office as the state agency conducts their own investigation into the matter.

Alford’s charges including maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, delivery of cocaine, sell of cocaine, and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.

Alford was taken before a magistrate and booked into the Johnston County Jail Wednesday under a $250,000 bond.  She later posted bail.