In furtherance of Operation Ceasefire, a Fayetteville/Cumberland County initiative focusing on reducing gun-related violent crime, the following persons were arrested pursuant to Federal Arrest Warrants issued in the Eastern District of North Carolina for violation of the Federal firearms laws:
The arrests were made jointly by teams comprised of the Fayetteville Police Department, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Probation and Parole, the U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The arrests began last week and culminated today. All of the cases were investigated by the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Violent Crime Task force (VCTF) which includes the Fayetteville Police Department, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and ATF.
- Dominique Bert Carmichael, 31, Fayetteville
- Vincent Dwayne Mcnatt , 44, Fayetteville
- Eric Kelsey Johnson, 32, Fayetteville
- Earl Patrick Price, 24, of Hope Mills
- Joel Matthew Covington, 23, Fayetteville
- James Earl Osborne, 25, Fayetteville
Operation Ceasefire began in 2002 and utilizes a strategy of intervention, prevention and suppression in an effort to reduce gun crime. The arrested subjects face various Federal firearms and narcotics charges including felon in possession of a firearm; using a firearm in relation to a federal drug trafficking crime and distribution of narcotics.
This arrest operation should serve as a reminder to convicted felons and criminals who use or carry firearms that you will be investigated and prosecuted in Federal Court. The Federal firearms laws include mandatory minimum sentences for certain gun crimes and those laws will be used to the fullest extent to reinforce the message of Operation Ceasefire that gun crime will not be tolerated in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.
The Violent Crime Task Force is asking for the public’s help in locating the following additional subjects who are wanted on Federal firearms charges:
- Lonnie Edward Russell, 26
- Rodney Keith Gibson, 43
Anyone with any information on these subject’s whereabouts are encouraged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 910-483-TIPS (8477), or the Violent Crime Task Force at 910-483-3030. All calls are anonymous.