March 18, 2021
A Goldsboro man has been arrested on several felony drug charges after a joint investigation concluded.
On March 12, 2021, members of Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the Jacksonville Police Department Special Operations Division and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation completed an investigation of Ivan Elijah Darden’s sale and distribution of illegal narcotics.
Investigation revealed that Darden sold over 134 grams of crystal m**h and 27 grams of Fentanyl and as investigators attempted to apprehend him, he fled on foot, leaving his 9-year-old child in the abandoned motor vehicle. Darden was apprehended shortly thereafter. Upon his capture, he tried to throw evidence into a drainage ditch, but the evidence was recovered.
Darden, 33-years-old of Whitefield Drive in Goldsboro was arrested, taken before a magistrate and charged with the following:
(5) Counts Trafficking Methamphetamine
Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine
(5) Counts Trafficking Opiates (Fentanyl)
Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Opiates
Maintaining Vehicle for Controlled Substance
Resist/Obstruct/Delay Law enforcement Officer
Darden is currently in the Onslow County Detention Center under an $850,000 secured bond.
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