Pot, meth, cocaine found in raids; suspect caught by K-9

Lamar Parker was jailed on drug charges after he ran from deputies, but was caught by the county's K-9, Deputy Law.
Lamar Parker was jailed on drug charges after he ran from deputies, but was caught by the county's K-9, Deputy Law in July 2020.

You can’t outrun the long arm — or all four legs — of Deputy Law.

Complaints from citizens led to the arrest of a Whiteville man on narcotics charges July 16.

Lamar Parker, 18, was charged with resisting a public officer, possession of paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and methamphetamine, and maintaining a dwelling for drug activities. He was held under a $54,000 secured bond, according to detention center reports. His address was listed as 112 Four Oaks Dr., Whiteville.

K-9 Deputy Law

In a press release, Sheriff Jody Greene said the sheriff’s office received numerous complaints about possible drug activity in the area of Parker’s home. An undercover informant successfully purchased drugs from Parker, the release said.

On July 16, Vice-Narcotics agents and deputies raided the home. Parker fled on foot as officers entered the home. The county’s K-9, Deputy Law, was deployed and found Parker in a nearby stretch of woods, where he was taken into custody.

Complaints lead to cocaine arrests

In an unrelated case,  citizen complaints led the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit to open an investigation into the distribution of illegal controlled substances at another Whiteville residence.  During the investigation, an undercover purchase was completed at the residence located at 316 East Walter Street.    

William Charles Brady

On July 20, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at the residence.  The defendants, William Charles Brady, 55; Melissa Gail Godwin, 56; and Floretta Edwards, 47, were at the residence at the time of the search.  During the search, investigators located and seized an amount of cocaine and marijuana.  

Brady was charged with felony possession of cocaine, and placed under $2,500 secured bond. His address was listed as 207 W. Oliver Street.

Floretta Edwards

Edwards was charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine and two outstanding warrants from Whiteville Police for larceny .    Her secured bond was set at $6,500. Her address was listed on jail documents as 109 City Drive. 

Melissa Godwin

Godwin was charged with felony possession of cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for drug activities.  Her secured bond was set at $4,000.

This investigation is ongoing.   

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