Fayetteville, NC – The U.S. Marshals Eastern District of North
Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force, in coordination with various
federal, state and local partners, recently wrapped up an operation
dubbed Zero Hour II. This operation combined the expansive resources of
the participating agencies with the goal of locating subjects wanted on
outstanding warrants and conducting searches of high-risk individuals
under the supervision of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Conducted in Robeson County June 11 – 13 and Cumberland County
June 25 – 27, this operation was the culmination of months of planning,
and resulted in the arrest of 75 subjects in Robeson County and 99
subjects in Cumberland County. 442 charges were cleared in the two
counties and 42 firearms were recovered. Additionally, $66,922 in U.S.
currency was seized along with quantities of a variety of narcotics
including marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. Searches were
attempted at the residences of 337 high-risk probationers or parolees,
with 134 searches successfully completed. Participating agencies will
continue to investigate information developed during the operation and
additional arrests are likely.
Michael East, United States
Marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina, commented, “I would
like to thank all of the men and women of our federal, state and local
law enforcement partners. Operations such as these take substantial
planning and would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of
everyone involved. Additional operations are forthcoming and we are
coming to your town in the very near future.”
Robert J. Higdon,
Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina,
stated, “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to the
continued partnership with all local, state, and federal law enforcement
and District Attorney’s Offices to make Eastern North Carolina a safer
place. This type of effort is an essential part of our drive to reduce
violent crime, remove the worst offenders from our communities, and take
back North Carolina from violent criminals and drug traffickers. Thank
you to the officers who put their safety on the line for us in a very
serious way over these last few weeks in conducting these enforcement
Significant arrests included:
Javaras Hammonds, 20, of Lumberton, who was
charged with First Degree Murder and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon
in relation to an incident that occurred in Lumberton on June 5.
Michael Alvarez, 31, of Fuquay Varina, who
escaped from a NC DPS facility in Lumberton on June 12. Alvarez was
captured within hours of the escape and a female who assisted in the
escape was also arrested and charged.
Anthony Coar, 74, of Fayetteville, who was
charged with violating the terms of his federal Supervised Release.
Coar was found to be in possession of inappropriate images as well
as devices to access internet content.
Marcus Bryan, 21, of Fayetteville, who was
charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, Assault with a Deadly
Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury, and Conspiracy
to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon in relation to an incident
that occurred in Fayetteville on June 7.
The following agencies participated in this
Robeson County – U.S. Marshals Service; Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Fairmont Police Department;
Lumberton Police Department; N.C. Department of Public Safety; N.C.
Information Sharing and Analysis Center; Pembroke Police Department; Red
Springs Police Department; Robeson County District Attorney’s Office;
Robeson County Sheriff’s Office; and, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
Eastern District of North Carolina.
Cumberland County – U.S.
Marshals Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives;
Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office; Cumberland County
Sheriff’s Office; Drug Enforcement Administration; Fayetteville Police
Department; Hope Mills Police Department; N.C. Department of Public
Safety; N.C. Information Sharing and Analysis Center; Spring Lake Police
Department; and, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of
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