SPD investigation results in seizure of drugs, guns; 4 suspects arrested
Special to SVLfreenews.com
A four-month investigation by the Statesville Police Department culminated Friday with the arrest of four individuals on a variety of drug and firearms charges.
"It took four months," said SPD Chief Joe Barone, "but I know the work we did leading up to these arrests today will make a difference in this community."
The arrests come after complaints from the community led to an extensive investigation by the SPD Narcotics Division into reported drug sales and trafficking occurring in two different areas in Statesville. This team, along with the SPD Special Response Team, SPD Criminal Investigations Division with assistance from N.C. SBI agents, searched the first residence at 639 Harrison Street about 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.
Three brothers were detained without incident and the search yielded more than 54 grams of crack and powder cocaine, more than $1,200 US currency, three handguns and one rifle with a drum magazine.
Later Friday morning, SPD Narcotics Investigators, the SPD Special Response Team, and Criminal Investigations Division served a search warrant at 307 Winston Avenue.
"When the officers entered the residence, there was evidence indicating that the suspect was actively manufacturing crack cocaine," Barone said.
The drugs, items used for the manufacture and sale of crack cocaine, and over $900 in U.S. Currency were seized.
"These arrests will hopefully lead us to more information that will help the Statesville Police Department make our city safer for these children," said Barone Friday evening in reference to the group of children who gathered at Cochran Street Baptist Church for a pizza party.
The gathering was part of the efforts of the Church and Police Coalition that has formed in South Statesville following a series of recent violent criminal activity.
"We are very thankful for the support we received today from the SBI in developing a case strong enough to make these arrests," Barone added. "But tonight we are even more thankful that our community is working together to make a brighter future for these kids."
Evidence seized at 639 Harrison Street, according to the SPD.
ARRESTED AT 639 HARRISON STREET:
• Patrick Maurice Curruth, 26, of Statesville, was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, felony maintaining a dwelling, and possession of firearm by a convicted felon. He received a $300,000 bond.
• Quentin Lee Curruth, 27, of Statesville, was charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon, and felony maintaining a dwelling. He received a $25,000 bond.
• Quience Eugene Curruth, 29, of Statesville, was charged with felony maintaining a dwelling. He received $2,500 bond
Evidence seized at 307 Winston Avenue, according to the SPD.
ARRESTED AT 307 WINSTON AVENUE:
• Derrick Shamar Ramseur, 35, of Statesville, was charged with posession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and felony maintaining a dwelling. He received a $30,000 bond.
Barone, who was on the scene for both search warrants, applauded the work of the Narcotics Division, as well as the SRT and CID Units who assisted, and on their diligent efforts to get hard drugs and firearms out of our neighborhoods.
He also emphasized the importance of citizen involvement, stating that these investigations started by the department receiving complaint calls and tips regarding the activities going on at these locations.
The SPD continues to work closely with the District Attorney’s Office and other agencies to prosecute these suspects to the fullest extent possible in order to ensure the safety and cleanliness of our streets.