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Shallotte drug suspects face more charges

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Two men arrested last month in Shallotte for possession of more than 9,200 prescription pills are now facing numerous breaking and entering charges throughout North and South Carolina.

Forty-year-old Richard Moore of Mayesville and Jonathan Nowokunski, 26, of Oak Island were arrested last month after Shallotte Police responded to an alarm activation at Lowe’s Home Improvement on Whiteville Road.

More than 9,200 pills with a street value of about $40,000-$50,000 were recovered from the suspects’ motel room after their arrest.

The two men were originally charged with the following: four counts of trafficking opium or its derivatives; possession with the intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance; possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance; and possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule V controlled substance.

Moore is also charged with attempted breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools. Nowokunski has been charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shallotte Police and agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit connected Moore and Nowokunski with a slew of breaking and entering and larcenies throughout North Carolina and over state lines to Georgetown and Horry counties in South Carolina.

Multiple law enforcement agencies in North and South Carolina have charged Moore and Nowokunski with breaking and entering and larceny charges, with more charges pending, according to drug agent Billy Caulk.

The two men have been charged with the following:

•The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has charged Moore and Nowokunski with breaking and entering and larceny Feb. 15 at the VFW Post 4542 in Spring Lake. The suspects are charged with damaging the doorframe, telephone lines, cable line, alarm siren, an ATM, a jukebox and a phone card ticket machine. The suspects have also been charged with stealing about $3,650 from the VFW.

•Wilmington police have charged the two suspects with safecracking, forced/felony breaking and entering and breaking and entering to a coin machine Feb. 12 at Cubbies Restaurant in Wilmington. The suspects have been charged with damaging $3,000 worth of gambling equipment, a $4,000 safe and a glass window.

•Wilmington Police also charged Moore and Nowokunski with breaking and entering, safecracking and larceny Dec. 25 at the Crazy Horse in Wilmington. The suspects are charged with stealing a $1,000 safe, $8,000 in cash, $4,000 worth of gift cards, keys and jewelry.

•Wilmington police have charged the two suspects with breaking and entering at the Elks Lodge in Wilmington.

•Nags Head Police have charged both men with safecracking, breaking and entering and larceny and damage to real property Jan. 21 at the Slammin’ Sammy’s Restaurant in Nags Head. The suspects are charged with stealing $5,400 in cash and damaging a rear glass door, an office door and frame and video recording equipment.

Law enforcement agencies with pending charges against the two suspects include: Shallotte Police Department, Rockingham Police Department, Horry County (S.C.) Police Department, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Police Department, Georgetown County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Office and Wilmington Police Department.

Moore is also facing charges pending with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and the Jacksonville Police Department.

At press time Tuesday, Moore was in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center in lieu of a $517,5000 bond. Nowokunski remained in custody on a $507,