Undercover operation nets two arrests in Clarkton


Staff report



CLARKTON — Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said deputies from his office, assisted by member of the Elizabethtown Police Department, executed a search warrant at on North Mitchell Ford Road in Clarkton on Friday and came away with two arrests.

McVicker said the search warrant was the result of residents’ complaints which lead to an undercover operation that has been conducted for the past several months.

Along with the two men arrested, a weapon and vehicle were seized.

Arrested was James Alvin Ratliff, 38, of North Mitchell Ford Road in Clarkton, who was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony flee to elude arrest and resist, obstruct and delay a law enforcement officer. Ratliff’s bond was set at $50,000; and Jerry Dater Graham, 47, of Booker T. Washington School Road in Clarkton, who was arrested for an outstanding warrant, failure to appear. His bond was set at $500.

“When citizens reach out to us we try to follow up on their tips and this time it lead to two arrests,” said McVicker. “We have also been working jointly with several other local agencies to pool our manpower and resources.”

McVicker said if any resident sees criminal activity they should report it to their local law enforcement agency.

“We need every citizen involved in helping keep crime under control,” McVicker said.

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Staff report

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