Lumberton North Carolina Police Officer Jason Walters Arrested, Suspened, And Charged With Trafficking Opium – Second Officer Charged In Past Year With Opium…

June 22, 2012

LUMBERTON, NORTH CAROLINA – A Lumberton police officer has been arrested on allegations that he was involved in drug-related activities, authorities said.

Officer Jason Walters, 35, was charged June 14 with attempted trafficking in opium by possession, said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for the State Bureau of Investigation.

Walters was charged by the SBI, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said Thursday. He declined further comment.

Walters, who was hired Aug. 21, 2008, has been suspended without pay, said James Moore, human resources director for the city of Lumberton.

Walters, who had no other disciplinary actions in his record, was making $32,475 annually, Moore said.

Walters’ bail was set at $20,000, Talley said.

Walters is the second Lumberton police officer charged with drug-related offenses in the past year.

Officer Matthew Albert Miller, 25, was charged in September with embezzlement and trafficking opium by possession.

Miller is no longer employed by the department.

The SBI also handled that investigation.

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Feds Raid Puerto Rico Airport – Target Drug Trafficking At Island’s Main Airport

June 6, 2012

PUERTO RICO – Hundreds of federal and state agents were conducting sweeps of Puerto Rico’s main airport Wednesday in an anti-drug trafficking operation, officials said.

In addition, there were raids in the commonwealth’s capital, San Juan, said Laila Rico, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno told CNN en EspaƱol that 42 arrest warrants have been issued, not all of them in Puerto Rico. He said some arrests would be made in the mainland United States.

The raid was taking place at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, just outside San Juan.

Related indictments, expected to be unsealed Wednesday, deal with the use of the main airport and other airports to traffic drugs, Fortuno said.

The arrests are part of an investigation of two separate cases, the DEA said.

Fortuno said that 200 police and federal agents were participating in the operation.

The governor told WAPA Radio that because of new controls at the island’s ports of entry, it is easier to detect drug trafficking.

Two years ago, authorities arrested three former employees of a private baggage handling company who had worked at an airport in Puerto Rico. Those arrests targeted a drug trafficking ring that used major airlines to smuggle cocaine and heroin to the United States.

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