PEMBROKE — Two St. Pauls residents were arrested as part of a move by Pembroke police to rid public housing complexes of drugs, according to a statement from the Pembroke Police Department.
“Over the past several days we have made several arrests and banned numerous violators from the public housing areas. The department is calling it Operation Clean Sweep,” Chief Grant Florita said in the statement. The operation was prompted by “several complaints … concerning drug activity in the public housing areas,” the statement said.
Late Thursday night, officers arrested Deandre Lewis and Jemare McNair, who were stopped at a traffic checkpoint near the Strickland Heights public housing complex, the statement said.
Officers confiscated a .45-caliber handgun, 38 grams of marijuana, half a gram of cocaine and 36 oxycodone pills, the statement said.
Lewis and McNair were each charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. McNair has been jailed under a $15,000 bond and Lewis under a $10,000 bond at the Robeson County jail.
The Robesonian was unable to obtain photographs of the two men.