LUMBERTON — A man out of jail on bond for drug offenses was arrested Friday after a SWAT team seized cocaine and other drugs at a Lumberton home, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
William Thelbert Washington, 54, of Lumberton, is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; maintaining a home for drug trafficking; and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release.
On Friday, Drug Enforcement Division investigators, deputies with the Community Impact Team, and a SWAT team searched the home in the 200 block of Norton Road in the Allenton community. They seized crack cocaine, fentanyl, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the news release.
Washington was held at the Robeson County Detention Center under a $1.5 million secured bond.
At the time of his arrest, Washington was free on bond on drug charges stemming from a search of a home in the 9300 block of N.C. 211 East in Lumberton on Feb. 28, 2019, and July 22, 2019.
Lashonda Acosta and Maria Acosta, both of Lumberton, were also charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia and released from custody on promises to appear in court, the release said.
Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said Washington has been a “repeated nuisance” in the Allenton community for over two years.
“The ridiculousness of arresting this same man multiple times has got to stop,” Wilkins said. “Investigations take time and money as we have spent countless hours of surveillance and manpower catching Washington for now the third time since I have been in office.
“We have a community that is fed up with drug dealing …” Wilkins said.