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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, May 13, 1993, Page PAGE 7-A, Image 7

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STAFF PHOTO BY MIC CAJtLSON The Blues Are Back! Tom Bruneau of Floyd County, Va., lands a nice "eatin'-size" blue fish from the //olden Beach Fishing Pier Tuesday morning. He was one of several anglers who hooked Spanish mackerel and small blues as the sea water temperature reached that magical 70-degree mark. Officer's First Drug Operation Nets Four Arrests BY ERIC CARLSON The older, more experienced de tectives warned Ocean Isle Beach Officer Dan Hunier that his plan to arrest a suspcctcd drug dealer proba bly wouldn't go down according the carefully crafted script he had pre pared. Hunter had made plenty of drug busts and helped in other raids be fore, but this was his first attempt at coordinating a full-scale surveillance and apprehension operation requiring officers and vehicles from three local law enforcement agencies. "They told me not to get my hopes up, because these things never go ac cording to plan," Hunter said. "A lot of times, we end up silting around, waiting, and nothing happens." Call it beginner's luck, but Hunter's "Operation Party at the Mart" came off like clockwork Friday afternoon, resulting in the ar rest of the alleged dealer and three other men who reportedly purchased marijuana while police looked on. Acting on information from local "concerned citizens," Hunter said he had been keeping an eye on a man suspected of selling bags of marijua na at local construction sites. He learned that the man allegedly set up shop near a convenience store on the Ocean Isle Beach causeway on Friday afternoons and sold drugs to workers who came there to cash paychecks and buy beer. The conve nience store was not connected with the alleged drug deals, officers said. So Hunter drew up a detailed plan and sketched a map calling for three unmarked police vehicles to estab lish a triangulated surveillance of the store parking lot while three oth er marked cars hid nearby to aid in the arrest. At 3 o'clock Friday after noon, policc units from Occan Isle Bcach, Shallotic and the Brunswick County Sheriffs Department moved into position. As if on cue, the prime suspect ar rived at 3:15 and parked his pickup truck at the exact spot designated on Hunter's map. A few minutes later a Chevrolet El Camino pulled in and the driver got into the pickup, where Hunter said he and a sheriff's detec tive "watched a suspicious ex change" from about 20 yards away. "I was ready to jump out and make the arrest, but we decided to wait," Hunter said. Their decision paid off as another car pulled into the lot "nearly door to-door" with Hunter's surveillance vehicle. The driver of the El Camino got out of pickup and into the car, he said. Then a third suspect walked over, squatted down by the car door and pulled out his wallet, said Hunter. Deciding they had enough fish in their net, the officers closed the trap and arrested the four men. Howard George Hirt Jr., 36, of N.C. 130, Shallotte, was charged with possession with intent to manu facture, sell and deliver a controlled substance (marijuana), sale and de livery of a controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle with the intent to sell and deliver and carrying a concealed weapon. Willie Albert Batten, 32, of Shallotte, was chargcd with posses sion with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. John Wayne Holland, 32, of Ocean Isle Beach was chargcd with maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of keeping or selling mari juana. Norman Timothy Smith, 30, of Whitcvillc was chargcd with mis demeanor marijuana possession and driving while his license was re voked. Police confiscated a total of 21 bags of marijuana with an estimated street value of 51,200 along with SI,700 cash, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a boot knife, a 1988 El Camino, a 1983 Mercury Cougar and a 1975 Chevrolet pickup truck. Hunter said. Hunter said that as the officers wrapped up the operation, he saw "several other known buyers" exit the convenience store and look in his direction. "I told them, 'The shop's closed today, fellows,'" Hunter said. Uumm...Strawberries It's strawberry time! Enjoy a fresh strawberry pie or cake made with plump, sweet locally grown strawberries-order one today! MICKIE'S DONUT SHOPPE & BAKERY 6 AM-6 PM ? Shallotte Plaza, Shallotte (across from Sizzlin Sirloin) ? 754-2996 ei 993 THE BRUNSWICK BEACON WHEN YOU VISIT THE BRUNSWICK HOSPITAL, YOU WILL SEE MANY PEOPLE WITH SMILING FACES. THEY ARE PARTNERS IN PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY, COMPASSIONATE HEALTH CARE. D H I George Saunders Kathy Ward Earl Tamar Family Practice Physician Laboratory Administration Nancy Riedinger Frances Warner Melissa Sims Doris Simmons Labor & Delivery Patient Advocate Nursing Housekeeping PLEASE JOIN US IN WISHING THEM A HAPPY NATIONAL HOSPITAL WEEK. MAY 9-MAY15 "PARTNERS FOR A HEALTHY AMERICA" THE BRUNSWICK HOSPITAL HIGHWAY 171 SUPPLY, NCI 754-8121 ?1990 THE BRUNSWICK BEACON NationsBank Presents: Seniors Week May 17-21,1993 If you're a Senior (and you're not expecting grad uation presents this year), you are invited to attend Seniors Week at the main office Shallotte, Sunset Beach, Calabash & Holden Beach Banking Centers. Each day, from May 17-21, a specialist from NationsBank or an expert from the community will be available to discuss the following topics: Monday, May 17: What you should know about tax sheltered investments Tuesday, May 18: Investment Planning And Will Preparation. Wednesday, May 19: Health and Fitness Thursday, May 20: The Benefits of Mutual Funds Versus CDs Friday, May 21: Deluxe Banking For Seniors Come in any day of the week, or all of them. You'll find the topics interesting and the experts an excellent resource to help answer your questions and make suggestions about your financial well being. Workshops Schedule: 11:00 AM Main Office Shallotte Mon. thru Fri. 3:00 PM Sea Trail Plantation Swim & Tennis Club (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday only) We'll even give you a coffee mug just for stopping by. And, if you open a NationsBank Deluxe account during the week, we'll throw in a free NationsBank duffel bag. For a personal consultation, or if you are planning to attend a workshop, please call 919 754-4345. We look forward to seeing you during Seniors Week. NationsBank' The Power To Make A Difference *1 NationsBank of North Carolina, N.A. Member FD1C. <?>1993 NationsBank Corporation. 6

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