Convicted Murderer Arrested During Drug Bust

FOUR OAKS – A convicted murderer is back behind bars following his apprehension by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO).

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office executes a search warrant at 207 E. Allen Street in Four Oaks on April 17, 2024. Johnston County Report Photo

Dwayne Earl Sanders, age 48, of Johnston Street, Smithfield was arrested Wednesday afternoon. He is being held in the Johnston County Detention Center without bond.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office had been conducting an undercover narcotics investigation reportedly involving Sanders and an address at 207 E. Allen Street in the Four Oaks city limits.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office executes a search warrant at 207 E. Allen Street in Four Oaks on April 17, 2024. Johnston County Report Photo

Wednesday afternoon, Sanders was arrested during a traffic stop on Second Avenue in East Smithfield. At the same time, the JCSO tactical team executed a search warrant at the E. Allen Street, Four Oaks address.

Authorities said they seized suspected fentanyl, heroin, a stolen handgun, and mask from Dwayne Sanders during the Smithfield traffic stop. The firearm had been reported stolen in 1996 in Four Oaks.

Johnston County deputies stopped this KIA SUV on Second Avenue in Smithfield on April 17, 2024 and arrested Dwayne Earl Sanders. Johnston County Report Photo

During the Four Oaks search warrant, agents reportedly found drug paraphernalia, digital scales, and approximately 9 ounces of suspected counterfeit narcotics.

At the time of Wednesday’s drug bust, Sanders was wanted by Wake County officers on outstanding narcotic warrants.

According to online court records, Dwayne Sanders was convicted in January 1996 of second degree murder in Johnston County. He was released in 2012 after serving 16 years in prison. In 2016, Sanders was convicted of misdemeanor and felony drug offenses and soliciting prostitution in Onslow County.

Sanders current charges include trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin, simple possession of a controlled substance, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Even a fly will get away if you don’t smack ’em dead with the fly swatter. This is exactly what keeps happening when these POS’s keep getting a light smack on the wrist….they keep running around causing havoc, pestering and killing. This is the circus our judicial system has created. Cops risking their lives to pick these turds off the street just to see the crap back out again. It’s ridiculous.

    • Amen! It’s not just ridiculous, but pathetic and disgusting. Satan and his liberal army have poisoned the mind and soul of this nation and time is overdue for the Godly people to pray hard and conquer this blasphemy!

  2. Good work guys. The court system can’t keep them off the streets but we can keep them from bothering people for a little while.

  3. “According to online court records, Dwayne Sanders was convicted in January 1996 of second degree murder in Johnston County. He was released in 2012 after serving 16 years in prison. In 2016, Sanders was convicted of misdemeanor and felony drug offenses and soliciting prostitution in Onslow County.”

    To whomever is his next judge……Would you please keep him locked up this time?? How many chances does he deserve? He’s already shown that he is useless and a danger to society.

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