Downtown Drug House Busted Near Police Station

A plain clothes agent with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division stands guard over three men found inside an alleged drug house on South 5th Street in Downtown Smithfield on Friday. Two of the three men found in the home were arrested on drug felonies. The third person was released without being charged. Photo

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.