A drug house was raided Friday in Downtown Smithfield just four blocks away from the Smithfield Police Department.
WTSB News has learned the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office conducted an undercover operation over the past few months during which several undercover drug buys were made at the residence.
Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said a search warrant was conducted at the location in the 500 block of South Fifth Street Friday morning. Three people were found in the home. Two were arrested.
Authorities said one of the suspects, 28 year-old James Markel Moore Jr. of 525-A South Fifth Street, was sitting on a couch on top of a gun when the home was raided. Marijuana, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and packaging materials were allegedly found inside.
Moore was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance.
Edmund Lamar King, 28, of the 10000 block of Buffalo Road, Clayton was charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Smithfield Police did not participate in Friday’s drug bust.