Drugs sold on school property

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 22, 2007

JACKSON – A Seaboard man is behind bars and facing several charges after he allegedly sold $400 worth of drugs on the properties of a local restaurant and elementary school here.

According to Captain George Reed with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, the Monday night arrest of Romeo Montae Moody (aka “Wild Bill”) was a result of a joint operation conducted by the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson Police Department.

The arrest of Moody, 34, of 303 Kennedy Drive in Seaboard, was made after a four-day drug sting where undercover officers bought crack cocaine and surveillance was conducted on the suspect.

Reed said the first meeting with Moody occurred last Friday in the parking lot of New China Restaurant on US 158. There, law enforcement agents were able to purchase $300 of crack cocaine from the suspect.

“The owner (of the restaurant) had no idea it was going on,” said Reed.

Reed said the investigation continued with surveillance of Moody

On Monday, another $100 of crack cocaine was ordered up and a second meeting occurred with Moody on the grounds of Central Elementary School on Highway 305 just outside of Jackson. Officers met Moody on the school’s grounds after hours where he was taken into custody without incident.

Moody was charged with two counts of selling and delivery of cocaine, two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver, maintaining a vehicle/place or dwelling for a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reed said Moody was also charged with one count of selling and delivering a controlled substance within 300 feet of a school.

Moody was taken to the Northampton County Jail and placed under a $65,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is today (Thursday).

Reed said calls from concerned citizens helped lead to Moody’s arrest and both the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson Police Department thank the community for their help.