For the second time in three days, a Wake County sheriff's deputy has charged men with having more than 30 counterfeit credit cards with them during a traffic stop on U.S. 64 near Knightdale.
Frederick Washington Dew Jr., 38, of 814 Manchester St. in Wilson and Christopher Adam Joyner, 28, of 419 Villa St. in Rocky Mount, were together when Deputy B.V. Hecox arrested them at the interchange with Rolesville Road in mid-afternoon Thursday, records showed.
They were charged with having 32 cards that had been changed so that their magnetic strips identified them as re-loadable debit cards or bank-issued credit cards, arrest warrants said.
Both men were accused of possession of counterfeit financial instruments, financial card forgery and criminal possession of financial transaction cards.
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Dew was also charged with possession a machine to encode bogus information onto cards.
Tuesday, Hecox was listed as the arresting officer for four men accused of having more than three dozen phony cards in their car.
Police from numerous law-enforcement agencies in and outside Wake County have been reported to be conducting an enforcement operation on Interstate 440 and U.S. 64 in Raleigh and eastern Wake County.
The Wake County sheriff’s office confirmed that some deputies have been involved in a multiagency operation, but declined to confirm what that is and whether Hecox’s credit-card arrests are related.
Arrest warrants and arrest records do not indicate whether the men were stopped only for a traffic infraction or if authorities suspected they would find cards.
Dew was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. A magistrate noted that Dew has an “extensive criminal history; numerous pending charges.
State prison records show he was released April 8 after serving 39 months on drug convictions. His first listed conviction was in 1993.
Joyner was freed on $35,000 bail. He was released from prison last July after serving 20 months for conspiracy to commit armed robbery, state records show.