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The morning of October 18, 2017 started out as a normal day for School Resource Officer Philip Jones. Jones, the SRO of North Duplin High started his day from home with his regular routine.  While traveling along US Hwy 403, Officer Jones observed and met a public school bus which was loaded with preschoolers. The bus appeared to be broken down just a few miles from the high school. Jones made contact with the driver who insured him that she and all the students aboard the bus were fine. Before Jones could walk back to his patrol car, he stepped across the roadway out of the path of motorists who were again attempting to go around the stranded bus and were entering into the path of on-coming traffic. As Officer Jones was crossing the roadway, an SUV, operated by an unlicensed male subject topped the hill of the ravine exceeding a safe speed and struck him. Jones went into the air and was thrown approximately 25-30 feet from the initial point of impact. The blow Jones received was such an impact that it busted the buckle of his duty belt completely into, ripped his uniform beyond repair, ruined his gun holster and totally destroyed his cell phone which was holstered on his side. Jones was transported to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and injuries. Jones was then airlifted to a trauma center. After several months, Officer Jones was released to return to work on December 4, 2017. Officer Jones suffered severe bruising to his organs, cracked ribs as well as much pain throughout his ordeal. Jones’ bullet proof vest is to be credited for shielding him from further internal injuries as it took the brunt of the impact. The offender was arrested on scene and charged with Operating a Vehicle without a License and Failing to Reduce Speed.

There is no doubt that God was with Officer Jones and the students aboard the school bus on the unfortunate morning of October 18th. He is to be commended for his bravery and selflessness as he risked his own life that morning for the sake and safety of the students aboard the bus.

In recognition of his efforts on that heroic and memorable day, Officer Philip Jones of the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is the North Carolina Association of School Resource Officers 2018 recipient of the Hank Snyder “Beyond the Call of Duty Award”.



Detective Shane Miller has been with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office for thirteen years. Detective Miller began his career in 2005 as a road deputy. In 2006, he was promoted to the narcotics division where he remained until 2017.  In 2017, Detective Miller was promoted to evidence control.  Detective Miller has also been a member of the SRT Team since 2006.

Since being promoted to evidence control, Detective Miller has organized and implemented a new inventory system for evidence. Sheriff Blake Wallace stated that Detective Miller is an outstanding young man who has excelled in each area in which he has worked.  Detective Miller is very deserving of this award and recognition and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office appreciates his hard work and dedication to the Sheriff’s Office as well as to the citizens of Duplin County.

Pictured below is retired Sheriff Glenn Jernigan, Detective Shane Miller and Sheriff Blake Wallace.



“Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives”

Randy Forster, DARE Instructor, held DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) programs at B.F. Grady Elementary School and Beulaville Elementary School during the 2017-2018 school year. The DARE program gives students the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs and violence.  A total of 66 fifth grade students graduated from the DARE program at B. F. Grady Elementary School on December 1, 2017.  A total of 110 fifth grade students graduated from the DARE program at Beulaville Elementary School on April 13, 2018.




On Friday, July 13, 2018, deputies with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle on Interstate 40 for traffic violations. The vehicle was being driven by Taurean Gordon from Newark, NJ and James Lofton from Wilmington, NC was the passenger in the vehicle.  A K9 scan of the vehicle was conducted.  A search of the vehicle recovered 2,500 bindles of Heroin in the vehicle.

Taurean Gordon was charged with Trafficking in Heroin by Transport, Trafficking in Heroin by Possession, Conspire to Traffic in Heroin, Manufacturing Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Taurean Gordon received a $400,000.00 secured bond from the magistrate.

James Lofton was charged with Trafficking in Heroin by Transport, Trafficking in Heroin by Possession, Conspire to Traffic in Heroin, Manufacturing Heroin, Maintain a Place to Keep Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. James Lofton received a $400,000.00 secured bond from the magistrate.

Estimated street value of the heroin is $17,500.00



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