Sheriff Blake Wallace and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a healthy and blessed NEW YEAR!
The Duplin County Sheriff"s Office is a full service law enforcement agency serving the citizens of Duplin County with pride, professionalism and integrity.
Sheriff Blake Wallace and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a healthy and blessed NEW YEAR!
Out of an abundance of caution the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office has closed our main administrative office operations to the public until Monday January 4, 2021. This is due to COVID-19 exposures that have directly affected the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office. As a result, all appointments for fingerprinting, gun permits, concealed carry permits, etc. in our main administrative office during that time will need to be rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience. www.duplinsheriff.com
*This is only for our Administrative Office - this does not affect any of our other services.*
Sheriff Blake Wallace and the entire staff of the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.
December 21, 2020
On Wednesday, December 16, 2020 the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle on Highway 903 near Cornwallis Road. The vehicle was being driven by Pablo Baltazar Jr. from the Magnolia area. The passenger was Jennifer Norris from the Wallace area. Pablo Baltazar Jr. failed to stop for blue lights and siren, and a vehicle pursuit ensued. Pablo Baltazar Jr. was apprehended on Gold Pond Road. Detectives were able to locate approximately 72 grams of Methamphetamine. Pablo Baltazar Jr. had an additional three grams of Methamphetamine on his person.
Pablo Baltazar Jr. was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine (3 counts), Conspire to Traffic in Methamphetamine, PWIMSD Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Place to Keep Controlled Substance, Obstruction of Justice, Felony Elude, DWLR, Reckless Driving, Possess Drug Paraphernalia, Fail to Stop at Stop Sign, and Littering. Pablo Baltazar Jr. received a $1,000,000.00 secured bond. Pablo Baltazar Jr. was out of jail on three separate bonds at the time of his arrest.
Jennifer Norris was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine (2 counts), Conspire to Traffic in Methamphetamine, PWIMSD Methamphetamine, and Obstruction of Justice. Jennifer Norris received $250,000.00 secured bond.
The staff of the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office was blessed by some of the young people with the Duplin County 4-H Program that took the time to make Christmas cards for us. It brought cheer to our office! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
Sheriff Blake Wallace and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the students and staff of Chinquapin Elementary School for the beautiful Christmas cards. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
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Sheriff Blake Wallace and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to have a blessed and safe Christmas season.
Remember criminals love the holidays! The holiday hustle and bustle can sometimes cause us to put our guard down. Here are some tips on how to celebrate safely.
If you are traveling...
Get automatic timers for your lights. Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home, pick up your mail, and park in your driveway from time to time.
If you are out for the evening...
Turn on the lights and a television or radio so it looks like someone is home. Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Do not display gifts where they can be seen from the outside.
If you are shopping...
Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Park in well-lit areas, and be sure to lock the car, close your windows, and hide all gifts and shopping bags in the trunk. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
Carry your purse close to your body and put your wallet in an inside pocket or front pants pocket. Have your keys ready to enter your vehicle when you approach it. Use your “panic button” on your key fob if you become nervous or think you are being followed. Lock your doors immediately upon entering your vehicle.
Shopping with the kids?
Teach your kids to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated, and don’t allow your kids to go off by themselves.
If you are home...
Always use caution when answering your door for a stranger, but especially during the holiday season! Criminals often use disguises and pose as couriers during the holiday season.
The holidays are the season for giving but donate only to trusted charitable organizations. Always ask for identification; if you do not get a good feeling from the person, refuse to donate.
Be aware of potential scams. Remember if is it seems to good to be true... it probably is. Also do not give any personal information (social security number, bank account information, date of birth, etc) to anyone on the phone or online unless you are certain about who you are talking with.
Be SAFE and HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!
November 30, 2020
On the morning of Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Duplin County 911 Communications received several calls at approximately 5:25 am in reference to someone that had been shot in the parking lot of a local processing plant. The victim found at the scene was identified as Darius Atkins, a 29 year old black male from Wayne County.
Antwan Terrell Wright is a 34 year old black male from Wayne County. Investigators having developed a case against Wright and a warrant has been issued for the charge of Murder of Darius Atkins.
Investigators are now trying to locate Antwan Terrell Wright who is believed to be on the run. The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public in locating Wright. Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of Antwan Terrell Wright is encouraged to contact the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 910-296-2150. The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Antwan Terrell Wright.
Happy Thanksgiving from Sheriff Blake Wallace and the entire staff at the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office.
The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office received a token of appreciation from a caring anonymous citizen. It’s a honor and a privilege to protect and serve. The cookies were delicious! “Thank you” to all of you that pray for and support your men and women in law enforcement. We took an oath and we will continue to strive everyday to serve you with the utmost integrity, courage and dedication.
September 25, 2020
The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating the person in this picture. We believe this person may have information concerning an ongoing investigation. If you have any information, please contact us at 910-296-2150 and ask for Detective Jon Green or Lieutenant Chuck Weaver. All information will remain confidential.
The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office received a token of appreciation from North Carolina C.O.P.S (Monroe, NC). It’s a honor and a privilege to protect and serve. We are grateful for the kindness shown by this group of law enforcement supporters. “Thank you” to all of you that support your men and women in law enforcement. We took an oath and we will continue to strive everyday to serve you with the utmost integrity, courage and dedication.
September 14, 2020
The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office needs your assistance in locating James Thomas Carr, III and William Maurice Moore, Jr., from the Sampson County area. Both subjects may have witnessed a crime. If you know either of the following subjects, please ask them to contact the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 910-296-2150 and ask for Lieutenant Weaver or Detective Boyette. The subjects are only wanted for questioning. Thank you for any assistance you might provide.
DUPLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that happened on Sunday, August 30, 2020 around 3:30 AM in the Penny Branch Road area of Warsaw. There were three victims in the case and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information concerning this incident, please contact Detective Boyette or Lieutenant Weaver with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 910-296-2150. All information will be confidential.
On Sunday, August 23, 2020, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in the Warsaw area of Duplin County. The vehicle was being driven by Bernard Maurice Baker who was the registered owner of the vehicle. While conducting this traffic stop, K9 Asta was utilized to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle. K9 Asta alerted to the presence of a narcotic odor. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. Detectives located approximately ½ pound of marijuana and 250 bindles of Heroin inside the vehicle.
Bernard Maurice Baker, Murphy Store Road, Rose Hill, NC, was charged with Trafficking in Heroin by Possession, Trafficking in Heroin by Manufacture, Trafficking in Heroin by Transport, Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sale, and Deliver Heroin, Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sale, and Deliver Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Manufacture Marijuana, and Maintaining a Place to Keep Controlled Substances. Bernard Baker was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $100,000.00 secured bond by the magistrate.
August 19, 2020
On Saturday, August 15, 2020 an investigation was conducted by the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Jacksonville Police Department, and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation involved two individuals delivering two kilos (2,000 grams) of Fentanyl from Boston, Massachusetts to Wallace, North Carolina. The individuals were identified as Misael Frias Sandoval from Connecticut and Andreuris Santos from Massachusetts. Misael Sandoval and Andreuris Santos attempted to avoid arrest by attempting to flee on foot. Both individuals were apprehended. Misael Sandoval and Andreuris Santos were both fugitives wanted by the US Marshalls from the Boston area.
Misael Sandoval was charged with Trafficking in Opiates by more than 28 grams (4 counts), Conspire to Traffic in Opiates, Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, and Deliver Opiates, Maintain a Place to Keep Controlled Substances, Resist Public Officer, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Misael Sandoval was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $1,000,000.00 secured bond. Misael Sandoval received no bond for the fugitive warrant.
Andreuris Santos was charged with Trafficking in Opiates by more than 28 grams (4 counts), Conspire to Traffic in Opiates, Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, and Deliver Opiates, Maintain a Place to Keep Controlled Substances, Resist Public Officer, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Andreuris Santos was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $1,000,000.00 secured bond. Andreuris Santos Sandoval received no bond for the fugitive warrant.
August 14, 2020
On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a subject that had been assaulted on Drummersville Road in the Albertson area of Duplin County. Deputies responded and found the nineteen year old victim had been assaulted and beaten about the face and head. Initial indications were that the victim had suffered potentially life threatening trauma to the head. As deputies gathered information, the victim would stop breathing. Deputies rendered life-saving CPR and were able to revive the victim long enough for EMS to begin treatment. EMS stabilized the victim and he was transported via AirLink to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.
As a result of the investigation, detectives issued warrants for the four assailants for Assault with a Deadly Weapon with the Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury.
Three of the suspects were located and arrested on Thursday, August 13, 2020. The final suspect was arrested on Friday, August 14, 2020. Suspects arrested are: Alex King, 20 year old from Mt. Olive was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $150,000.00 secured bond. King was also an absconder from Probation and was wanted by the state. Robert Arthur Nelms, 20 year old male from Albertson was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $150,000.00 secured bond. Antonio Sandoval Garcia, 18 year old male from Albertson, was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $150,000.00 secured bond. Jorge Maravilla Alfaro, 19 year old male from Seven Springs was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $150,000.00 secured bond.
The investigation is ongoing.
July 29, 2020
On Thursday, July 16, 2020 Duplin County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on I-40 for speeding. The driver, Pablo Baltazar Jr, did not have a valid driver’s license and also had outstanding warrants from Pender County. There were two additional passengers in the vehicle, Linda Ramirez and Jose Peralta Sanchez. K9 Asta alerted on the vehicle for the odor of controlled substances. A search of the vehicle revealed two loaded pistols and one of the pistols was stolen out of Fayetteville, NC. Methamphetamine and Heroin were located in the passenger area of the vehicle and cocaine was located on Jose Sanchez. While at the jail, Heroin was located on Linda Ramirez and on Jose Sanchez.
Pablo Baltazar was charged with Conspire to Traffic in Heroin, Maintain a Vehicle to Keep Controlled Substances, DWLR, Possess Crystal Methamphetamine, Possess of Drug Paraphernalia, Possess a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Carrying Concealed Weapon, and Exceeding Posted Speed Limit. Pablo Baltazar, Jr. was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $50,100.00 secured bond.
Linda Ramirez was charged with Trafficking in Heroin by Possession, Trafficking in Heroin by Manufacture, Conspire to Traffic in Heroin, PWIMSD Heroin, Possession of Controlled Substance in Jail, Simple Possession of Marijuana, Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia, Possess Methamphetamine, and Possess Drug Paraphernalia. Linda Ramirez was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $100,000.00 secured bond.
Jose Peralta Sanchez was charged with Conspire to Traffic in Heroin, PWIMSD Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Controlled Substance in Jail, Possess Cocaine, Manufacture Heroin, and Possess Drug Paraphernalia. Jose Sanchez was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $40,000.00 secured bond.
July 7, 2020
On Monday, July 6, 2020, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office responded to 156 Cedar Lane near Beulaville, NC to an emergency call involving a twelve year old female that had been shot in the back. Once first responders arrived on the scene, aid was rendered to the victim. The victim was in stable but critical condition and was transported to Vidant Duplin Hospital and then transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
After a preliminary investigation, the shooting was determined to be accidental. A second juvenile, age six, gained access to a handgun and fired it accidently striking the twelve year old in the back. One individual, Elijah Eddie Robinson, age eighteen, of Pete Mondezie Lane, Magnolia, NC, has been charged with Obstruction of Justice and placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $15,000 bond. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are anticipated.
Sheriff Blake Wallace and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day.
On June 7, 2020, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with the “Make-A-Wish” foundation along with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Beulaville Police Department, Pink Hill Police Department, Duplin County EMS, Potters Hill VFD, Beulaville VFD, Pink Hill VFD the North Carolina State Highway Patrol to help make this young boy’s day special. John Jones Jr. is 6 years old and he lives near Potters Hill, NC. John Jr. has been diagnosed with a single ventricle heart defect along with a serious lung complication. Today, these agencies worked together to have a parade in front of John Jr.’s home and to visit him with some surprises.
John Jr., you are a courageous young fellow and we are praying for you. We trust God for healing and you made our day brighter.
We would like to thank John Jr.’s family and the “Make a Wish” foundation for allowing us to be part of this blessed day.
“But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
Remembering our HEROES.
My heartfelt condolences to the family of Retired Lieutenant Dalton Jones on his passing early this morning. I had the extreme good fortune to work with and learn from Dalton as a young SBI Special Agent. He was one hell of an investigator and a mentor to me and many others. I valued his friendship, judgement and advice. He made a tremendous impact on me and our Sheriff’s Office. Thank you Lt. for your dedication and commitment to the the citizens of Duplin County. Well done Sir.
Sheriff Blake Wallace
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