A member of the Four Oaks Town Council was arrested Tuesday night as part of Operation JoCo Justice. JoCo Justice was a yearlong undercover investigation by Selma, Smithfield and Four Oaks Police targeting street level sales of methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and prescription pills.
Councilman Christopher Gregory Haley, 61, was arrested at his home by Four Oaks Police. Haley was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance and felony sell of a controlled substance.
Haley was indicted by a Johnston County Grand Jury on Monday on the two charges.
According to arrest information and police, Haley allegedly sold 6 oxycodone pills to a confidential informant working with law enforcement on March 6, 2018 while in the Four Oaks city limits. The alleged transaction was captured on video and audio.
Four Oaks Police Chief Stephen Anderson said the investigation was handled like any other incident.
As of Wednesday morning, Councilman Haley was still being held in the Johnston County Jail under a $60,000 bond.
Four Oaks Mayor Linwood Parker said, “Obviously we wish the best for Mr. Haley and hope he will seek some help as needed.” Mayor Parker said the town board will likely review the situation as early as next week at the regularly scheduled town board meeting.
This is not the first time Councilman Haley has been arrested while serving on the Four Oaks Town Board. In June 2017, Selma Police arrested Haley in the parking lot of the Master’s Inn motel, a high crime area for drug sales and prostitution, after his BMW was spotted in the parking lot for 4 to 5 minutes before leaving. Police said they found a .25 caliber handgun with the serial number removed. He was arrested on a felony firearms charge but the charge was later dismissed. Police noted at the time of his arrest, Councilman Haley had approximately $1,000 in cash in his pockets.
In June 2015, Haley was arrested hours after a town board meeting for domestic assault. Those charges were later dismissed.