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Crimestoppers Tip Leads to Trafficking Cocaine Charges

Post Date:04/22/2019 4:42 PM

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Gina V. Hawkins

Chief of Police

Release: IMMEDIATE    

Media Contact: Sgt. S. Strepay, Public Information Officer

Media Inquiries: (910) 433-1487 

Date: April 22, 2019        

 

Crimestoppers Tip Leads to Trafficking Cocaine Charges

 

(Fayetteville, NC) – Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Campbellton District and the Campbellton District’s Community Empowerment Response Team (CERT), have charged and arrested two (2) suspects in connection with the investigation of an anonymous Crimestoppers tip.

 

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department were investigating an anonymous tip at a residence along the 200 block of Lawrence Avenue, which was submitted through the Crimestoppers Tip Line. During the investigation officers were able to corroborate the anonymous information and subsequently obtained a search warrant for the residence.

 

The following items were seized as a result of the investigation and search warrant:

 

  • 32 grams of crack cocaine
  • 17 grams of marijuana
  • Numerous items consistent with narcotic manufacturing

 

 

Leonard Davis

 

Leonard Davis (B/M, 40 years of age), of the 800 block of Cumberland Street in Fayetteville, was arrested and charged with Trafficking Cocaine by Possession, Trafficking Cocaine by Manufacturing, Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell, and Deliver Marijuana, and Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for Narcotic Use. Davis was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center and has since posted bond.

 

Michelle Whitaker

 

Michelle Whitaker (B/F, 42 years of age), of the 200 block of Lawrence Avenue, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine and Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for Narcotic Use. Whitaker was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center and received an unsecured bond. 

 

The anonymous tipster will be eligible for a cash reward from the Fayetteville / Cumberland County Crimestoppers Program for the anonymous information they submitted that resulted in the outcome of this investigation.

 

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Crimestoppers is a proven method of solving crimes and is instrumental in the recovery of millions of dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise and narcotics. The success of the program depends on citizen support, either by donations or by providing anonymous information. 

 

Citizen involvement in Crimestoppers makes our community a safer place to live, work, and play.

 

Crimestoppers reminds citizens they are asked to call Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-866-542-TIPS (8477) if they have information regarding criminal activity. This number is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is designated for Crimestoppers information only. All calls are kept in complete confidence. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by downloading the FREE P3 Tips App on your mobile device or at fay-nccrimestoppers.org.

 

If the information provided leads to an arrest, citizens may receive a cash reward, as determined by a citizen board, of as much as $1000. The amount of the reward varies, depending upon factors such as the information given, the nature of the crime committed, and the value of any property or narcotics seized. Crimestoppers also pays cash rewards for any information that results in the arrest of fugitives from justice or anyone committing a felony or serious misdemeanor.

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