14 convicted for their participation in massive drug trafficking case

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT)- Several current and former law enforcement officers have pleaded guilty for their roles in a massive drug trafficking case also known as “Operation Rock Fish.”

8 current and former law enforcement officers, 4 correctional officers, and 2 others are convicted after the FBI says they knowingly moved large amounts of drugs and cash along the I-95 corridor.

The FBI made the arrests following an undercover operation in April of last year called “Operation Rock Fish.”
Undercover agents posed as members of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that was responsible for introducing kilogram quantities of narcotics to be transported up the I-95 corridor.

Along with their guilty pleas, the defendants admitted that they understood they were recruited to work for the drug trafficking organization because of their status as law enforcement officers and ties to law enforcement.

The investigation became larger after the original targets recruited more people to participate. The defendants transported purported narcotics and narcotics proceeds for the drug trafficking organization in exchange for bribe payments. Some defendants even carried firearms during the sting.

The following individuals pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of North Carolina:
• Lann Tjuan Clanton, a former correctional officer with the Virginia Department of Corrections, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and firearm charges today;
• Ikeisha Jacobs, a former sergeant with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy, firearm and bribery charges today;
• Jason Boone, a former captain with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and bribery charges today;
• Adrienne Moody, a former correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge today;
• Cory Jackson, a former deputy sheriff of the NCSO, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge today;
• Jimmy Pair Jr., a former lieutenant with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and bribery charges today;
• Curtis Boone, a former deputy sheriff with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and bribery charges today;
• Alphonso Ponton, a former sergeant with the Virginia Department of Corrections,
pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge today;
• Thomas Jefferson Allen II, a former sergeant with the NCSO, pleaded guilty to
drug conspiracy and bribery charges today;
• Wardie Vincent Jr., a former detective sergeant with the NCSO, previously
pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and firearms charges;
• Alaina Sue-Kam-Ling, a former correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, previously pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy
charge;
• Kavon Phillips, a former correctional officer with the North Carolina Department
of Public Safety, previously pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge;
• Crystal Pierce, of Raleigh, North Carolina, previously pleaded guilty to a drug
conspiracy charge; and
• Tosha Dailey, a former 911 dispatch operator for Northampton County,
previously pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge.

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