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Six Men PI
BY TERRY POPE
Six defendants charged in March
during the "Operation Brass" undercover
drug investigation pleaded
guilty in Brunswick County Superior
Court Monday, with two receiving active
Arthur Dale Hewett, 33, of Route 6,
Box 919, Shallotte (Shallotte Point),
received a six-month active prison
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possession with intent to sell and
Hewett's attorney, Roy Trest of
Shallotte, argued that Hewett
"played a very minor and passive
role" in a drug exchange with undercover
officer Mike Speck, formerly
with the Shallotte Police Department.
"Operation Brass" received
its name from a joint undercover
venture involving the Brunswick
i County Sheriff's Department drug
squad and undercover officers from
Shallotte and Southport police
The Brunswick County Grand Jury
returned indictments against 22 people
on 66 charges as a result of the investigation
After Judge Preston Cornelius
issued a six-month active prison
tj sentence Monday, Trest made a motion
to allow Hewett to withdraw his
guilty plea and to face a trial by jury,
but it was denied by Cornelius. In offering
his guilty plea, Hewett did not
make a plea bargain agreement with
the district attnrnpv's nffirp whirh
ar did agreed to dismiss the felonious
sale and deliver of cocaine charge
According to testimony offered in
the sentencing hearing Monday, the
drug exchange between Hewett and
Officer Speck was initiated at a Ixjng
Beach bar on June 23, 1984 by Ken
Campbell, 26, son of former Shallotte
Police Chief John Wayne Campbell.
The police chief's son was working
with Speck on the case.
Campbell testified Monday that he
has known Hewett for some time and
"personally asked if he could find me
a gram of cocaine. At the time, he
said no," he added. Hewett later sold
Speck and Campbell a bag containing
.91 of a gram of cocaine at the bar,
said Assistant District Attorney
Thomas Hicks, of Whiteville, who has
bcert helping District Attorney
Michael Easley's office through a
busy court calendar this week.
At the time of the drug exchange,
Campbell said, he "had had some differences"
with the defendant, but the
differences are now "all worked
out." Using a friend to initiate a drug
deai, Trest argued, resulted in
Hewett's "trying to accommodate an
"This is a case that really bothers
me," Trest said. He compared the
drug exchange to earlier days of
Hewett was sentenced to three
years in prison, suspended for five
years and placed on 12 months supervised
probation. He also received a
special six months active sentence.
was ordered to pay $150 to the
Brunswick County Sheriff's Department
undercover fund and to serve
100 hours of community service. i
Also in court Monday, Edward |
Scott Barham, 20, of 203 SE 79th
Street, Long Beach, received a three- jj|
year active prison sentence after g
pleading guilty to felonious sale and I
deliver of marijuana and two counts k
of felonious breaking and entering. |
The "Operation Brass" charge was
consolidated with the other unrelated
charges for the purpose of sentencing.
Barham confessed of breaking into ..
two homes at Yaupon Beach and taking
a television set, tape player and a *
pound of bacon. He also pleaded guilty
to selling undercover officer T.M.
Klomparens of Southport a quarter
ounce of marijuana in June 1984. He
was sentenced to three years in
pi isvn as a regular youuuui ottender,
ordered to pay $325.95 in restitutions '
and $70 to the undercover fund.
Others sentenced Monday were:
Anthony Wayne Overman, 19, of
310 NE 55th Street, Lxmg Beach;
pleaded guilty to felonious sale and
deliver of marijuana; sentenced to 1
two years in prison, suspended for '
five years and placed on 12 months *
supervised probation; fined $500 and 1
ordered to serve 40 hours community
KODert i/eonard Birch, 29, of 229 1
Edgewood Ave., Boiling Spring 1
I-akes: pleaded guilty to possession *
with intent to sell marijuana; *
sentenced to two years in prison, (
suspended for five years and placed
on 12 months supervised probation;
fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $105 to
the undercover fund plus serve 80
hours community service;
Lloyd Allen Fields, 25, of
Fawnbrook Trailer Park, Bolivia; ,
pleaded guilty to felonious possession j
with intent to sell and deliver mari- \
juana; sentenced to two years in
prison, suspended for five years and |
placed on 12 months supervised pro- j
bation; fined $1,000 plus ordered to
pay $72 to undercover fund and serve |
40 hours community service; and ,
Malcolm M. McHose III, 24, of NE |
54th Street, Long Beach; pleaded i
guilty to felonious sale and deliver of .
marijuana; sentenced to two years in
prison, suspended for five years and
placed on 12 months supervised probation;
fined $1,000 and ordered to
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serve 40 hours community service.
A page 2 article in the July 18 edition
of The Brunswick Beacon about
a meeting of the Sunset Beach Council
incorrectly reported appointments
to the town planning board.
Jim Craig was elected to the planning
board to represent the town proper,
with Walter Hoff appointed as
alternate. Richard Good was named
alternate from the extraterritorial
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now under construction shows. When
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Members of the Boiling Spring
Lakes Homemakers Club say they
lope to tour the WWAY, TV-3 studio
n Wilmington in September, dining
Meanwhile, at their July 16
neeting, member Thelma Dunn
jresented a program on "Accent
four Figure," emphasizing ways to
latter the figure through choice of
abrics, colors, styles and aeressories.
Grand Opening Set
Tom and Mary Medeiros, owners
af The Furniture House of Calabash,
are celebrating the grand opening of
their new store through August 3.
The 5,000 square ft. building
Matures expanded selling, display
and warehouse space.
The Medeiroses started their
ausiness in Calabash 1M: years ago
after moving from Charlotte. Their
our-person staff includes Judy
Winston, sales person, and a
warehouse and delivery person.
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The meeting was held at the Boiling
Spring I,akes VFW Post, with
Helen Wheeldon as hostess.
Margaret Domler's devotion was a
passage from Luke and a prayer en- I
titled, "Good Morning, God."
Members also gave the Pledge of
Allegiance and closed with the club
In attendance were guest Martha
Billiard and members Rcgma
Taylor; Elizabeth Presley; Eva
Hall; Helen Wheeldon; Gladys
Jacobs; Mary Bellows; Margaret
Dornler; Mary Richardson; and
Thelma Dunn, who presided.
Town Creek Township Senior
Citizeas meet Thursday, Aug. 1, ul 2
p.m. at the township park building.
Spokesman Mary Ricluirdson said
anyone 55 years or older residing in
the township is invited to attend For
more information, call her at
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