A drug dealer gets busted in Smithfield for selling drugs from his place of business. The business is right next door to the court house and the Sheriff's office. The sheriff says "It never seems to amaze me how stupid drug dealers can be sometimes." I tend to think the other way around. The man must have been pretty smart, since he sold drugs right under the nose of the largest law enforcement agency in the county. He obviously kept the business going and was able to peddle his poison as deputies walked right by. Tell me again...who was the stupid one?
Police: Downtown Cocaine Distribution Business Busted - Police have shut down a cocaine distribution business operating in the same block as the Johnston County Courthouse, in downtown Smithfield . Hyper Innovations, at 221 East Johnston Street , Suite C, shared the same lobby with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Police claim the owner, Ronnie Eugene Whitley, 49, of Smithfield was using the computer repair business as a front to distribute cocaine. There were also signs the business had been used for prostitution, according to investigators, but there was not enough evidence to charge the owner. A customer inside Hyper Innovations, 46-year-old Linwood Earl Wiggins of Smithfield , was caught with cocaine and ecstasy in his possession, when agents raided the business on Monday. Officers said from Whitley's office window he could clearly see sheriff's deputies cars parked outside the Johnston County Courthouse. Sheriff Steve Bizzell told WMPM, "It never seems to amaze me how stupid drug dealers can be sometimes. They go to any length, and apparently anywhere, to sell their products." Whitley was charged with maintaining a store to sell a controlled substance. Wiggins was charged with possession of cocaine and ecstasy.