JCSO & CNET Arrest Joe Francis Rhem Jr. & Three Others

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JCSO Press Release: 10/23/2013

Kenneth Metts

Pictured Top: Left to Right; Joe Francis Rhem Jr., Kenneth Martin Metts

Williams, Sheila

Pictured: Bottom Left to Right Sarah Elizabeth Mack, Sheila Denise Williams

An over year-long narcotics investigation has landed four in jail on Cocaine trafficking and other felony drug charges. On October 18th, investigators from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested Kenneth Martin Metts, 53 of 2117 River Dr., Stella, along with Sheila Denise Williams, 37 of 134 Jerkins Rd., Trenton. Metts is the owner and operator of Trent River Camp Ground on Hwy 41 West in Trenton.

On October 21st, in a combined effort, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and other members of the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team, arrested Sarah Elizabeth Mack, 56 of 6955 Hwy 70, New Bern, and more importantly for Jones County, Joe Frances Rhem Jr., 36 of 134 Jerkins Rd., Trenton. At the time of Mack’s arrest, she was found in possession of Cocaine. As a result, Mack faces additional felony drug charges in Craven County as well.

Joe Francis Rhem Jr., the ringleader, was deemed a high value target and placed at the top of the ‘Zero Tolerance’ watch list almost three years ago, when Sheriff Danny Heath took office. Investigators caught a break just over a year ago when, with the help of the NC SBI, they were able to initially infiltrate Rhem’s circle of trust with confidential and reliable informants. Metts, Mack and Williams are known drug runners for Rhem.

Shortly after the inception of the case, Rhem went off to prison for approximately eight months. When Rhem returned, the investigation resumed and investigators were able to once again reach those close to Rhem, through the use of newly developed informants, before ultimately implicating him. Rhem, who will most likely be facing habitual felony charges in the not too distant future, was and still is believed to be the main supplier of ‘Crack’ Cocaine in Jones County, as well as a major contributor to the drug trade in some of the surrounding counties.

Joe Frances Rhem Jr., (unemployed) was charged with three (3) counts of Conspire to Traffic Cocaine, two (2) counts of Conspire to Sell & Deliver Cocaine, two (2) counts of Possess with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine and two (2) counts of Conspire to Possess with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine and was issued a $40,000 secured bond.

Kenneth Martin Metts was charged with three (3) counts of Trafficking in Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Felony Possession of Cocaine, two (2) counts of Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F) and two (2) counts of Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F) and received a $60,000 secured bond.

Sheila Denise Williams (unemployed) was charged with three (3) counts of Trafficking in Cocaine(F), Conspire to Traffic in Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), four (4) counts of Conspire to Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Conspire to Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), and two (2) counts of Felony Possession of Cocaine. Williams was issued a $75,000 secured bond.

Sarah Elizabeth Mack (unemployed) was charged by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office with two (2) counts of Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine(F), two (2) counts of Felony Possession of Cocaine, two (2) counts of Sell & Deliver Cocaine, two (2) counts of Conspire to Sell & Deliver Cocaine and two (2) counts of Conspire to Possess with Intent to Manufacture, Sell & Deliver Cocaine. Mack also received additional felony drug charges from the Craven County Sheriff’s Office and a total bond of $200,000 secured.

Joe Francis Rhem Jr. bonded out immediately and did not see a jail cell. All of the suspects have made bond and will have their first appearance on Friday, October 25th. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may follow. All of the defendants will remain on the ‘Zero Tolerance’ watch list and will be pursued for any future violations.

Official Quote:

“As I said from day one, if you are dealing drugs in this county… we are coming for you. We will be relentless in our pursuit of those who sell illegal narcotics in Jones County.

~Sheriff Danny R. Heath

 

~JCSO Public Information Officer

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