Search turns up guns, drugs in Elizabethtown

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal
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ELIZABETHTOWN — A joint effort between the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Probation and Parole put a convicted felon back in jail after a large cache of weapons and drugs were discovered on Monday.

The two agencies performed a search of a residence on Twisted Hickory Road that had a reputation as a drug haven known as “The Tree.”

“Sadly, weapons and drugs seem to go hand in hand,” said Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. “It is not unusual for us to find stolen weapons in the possession of drug dealers who will take them in trade for the narcotics they are selling.”Once a weapon is entered into the system as stolen it is never purged, meaning it will stay there until located. We have to have a make, model and serial number to enter a weapon. This is why it is so important for gun owners to keep a record of their weapons. This gun was on the street for almost 8 years and now it can be returned to its rightful owner when the case is disposed of in court.”

Arrested was Terrell Monquiel Shipman — a.k.a. “Thuggy” — 39, of Elizabethtown. Several weapons were seized as well as marijuana. He was charged with five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shipman’s bond was set at $505,000.00 secured and he is currently being held in the Bladen County Detention Center. The weapon recovered was reported stolen in Cumberland County in 2010.

“Once a weapon is entered into the system as stolen it is never purged, meaning it will stay there until located,” McVicker said. “We have to have a make, model and serial number to enter a weapon. This is why it is so important for gun owners to keep a record of their weapons. This gun was on the street for almost eight years and now it can be returned to its rightful owner when the case is disposed of in court.”

McVicker added the cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Probation and Parole is important for both agencies. He said this collaborative effort has led to the seizure of both drugs and weapons and taken criminals off the street who fail to mend their ways after being given a second chance by the courts.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-862-4163 or cvincent@bladenjournal.com.

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W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal