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Burke Drug Investigation Results In Nine Being Charged With Felony Offenses
Top Row- L-R: Pendley, Fleming, Brown. Middle Row- L-R: Ervin, Christian, Riddle. Bottom Row- L-R: Roberts, Estevez, Starnes
Courtesy of Burke County Sheriff's Office

Burke Drug Investigation Results In Nine Being Charged With Felony Offenses

50-year-old Milton J.D. Pendley, Jr., 30-year-old Tomario Edward Fleming, 20-year-old Raelyn Shae Brown, 33-year-old Vincent Martell Ervin, 34-year-old Katia Celaina Christian, 33-year-old Toni Lynn Riddle, 25-year-old Zachary Gene Roberts, and 30-year-old Davison Estevez, all of Morganton, and 48-year-old Sabrina Suzanne Starnes of Lenoir, were all arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers.

Pendley, Brown, Roberts, Starnes, and Estevez are all charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Pendley and Riddle are charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Ervin and Christian are each charged with felony probation violation. Fleming is charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. And Starnes faces an additional count of misdmeanor failure to appear on a count of larceny. One other individual was arrested and only charged with a misdemeanor count.

Over the last four months, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency personnel received more than 25 calls for service on William Parks Lane in Morganton, regarding poisoning, sick and injured persons, drug activity, and overdoses. One of the overdoses resulted in death on February 19, 2021 from suspected heroin/fentanyl use.

Burke County Narcotics investigators began a lengthy investigation into two residences on William Parks Lane. On March 26 investigators searched Pendley’s mobile home and they reportedly found meth and drug paraphernalia. Pendley, Brown and the individual charged with the misdemeanor were all in the residence and were arrested.

All were transported and held at the Burke County Jail. Further investigation determined that distribution and sales of illegal controlled substances were also occurring at another address on William Parks Lane in Morganton. On March 31, narcotics investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and Morganton Department of Public Safety searched that residence and made contact with over a dozen individuals at the residence.

Multiple controlled substances including heroin and meth along with drug paraphernalia were reportedly seized. Riddle, Fleming, Roberts, Starnes, and Estevez were all at the residence and were charged. Ervin and Christian were also at that home during the search and were arrested with the assistance of North Carolina Probation officers.

Pendley received a $25,000 secured bond. Fleming’s bond was set at $15,000 secured. Ervin received a $10,000 secured bond. Bonds of $5,000 secured were set for Christian, Riddle, Starnes, and Brown. Roberts and Estevez received $4,500 secured bonds. Fleming and Starnes are scheduled to appear in court April 9, Christian has a court date April 13, Ervin appears in court April 15, Pendley and Brown have court dates April 19, and Roberts, Riddle, and Estevez are scheduled to be in court April 22.