A Pender County man pleaded guilty to dragging a deputy behind a vehicle while trying to escape from being arrested.
Kyeric Tashaun Sweet, 22, of Rocky Point, pleaded guilty July 15 in New Hanover County Superior Court to charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, according to Samantha Dooies, assistant to District Attorney Ben David.
Superior Court Judge W. Allen Cobb sentenced Sweet to more than two years in the N.C. Department of Corrections.
Sweet was found in possession of approximately 30 bindles of heroin and $1,767 near South Kerr and Park avenues on March 17, Dooies said. Sweet was arrested and bonded out of jail. He later failed to appear in court for his first appearance and an order for his arrest was issued, she added.
Deputies later found Sweet sitting in a Nissan at a Kangaroo gas station on Gordon Road and tried to arrest him at about 9:30 p.m. May 31, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.
But when the deputies approached the car, Sweet moved into the driver’s seat and sped off, Brewer said. A deputy who had opened the driver’s side door to arrest Sweet was dragged more than 20 yards.
“The deputy holding Sweet’s arm was dragged approximately 25 yards before breaking free from the Nissan,” Dooies said. “She sustained injuries to her left hand, forearm, left shin and right knee.”
Sweet wrecked the Nissan in ditch near the gas station and fled on foot, Brewer said. Deputies arrested Sweet a short time later.
“Law enforcement officers have a difficult job that often puts them in the path of dangerous felons,” District Attorney Ben David said. “The collaborative efforts of the Wilmington Police Department, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Gang Task Force, and the Wilmington Housing Authority Task Force play an important role in keeping the community safe from felons like Sweet.”
Man pleads guilty to trafficking heroin near a pre-school
Daryl Dewayne Wilson, 21, of Wilmington, entered an Alford plea July 16 in New Hanover County Superior Court to charges of trafficking more than 14 grams of heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin within 1,000 feet of a school and possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, according to Dooies.
An Alford plea is when the defendant admits no guilt but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence from the prosecution for a judge or jury to reach that conclusion. Superior Court Judge W. Allan Cobb sentenced Wilson to 10 years in prison.
Vice-narcotics detectives with the Wilmington Police Department executed search warrant at an apartment at 4900 Vineyard Lane on Aug. 12, 2014, Dooies said. Detectives found a plate holding approximately 38 grams of powdered heroin, more than 790 baggies of heroin, and material to package additional heroin for sale on the dining room table. Wilson was found hiding in a closet.
The apartment was located within 1,000 feet of a pre-school, Dooies said. The FBI Safe Streets Task Force assisted the police department with the investigation.
“It’s appalling that a significant heroin stash house would be operating…close to a pre-school. Our office will continue to seek lengthy prison sentences for people who peddle this poison in our neighborhoods,” Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo said.