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'Major' heroin ring in Fayetteville area broken up

Posted March 9, 2010
Updated March 10, 2010

— Three Cumberland County residents were arrested Tuesday following a six-month investigation into what authorities called a "major" heroin distribution ring.

Michael Strickland McNatt, 35, Reggie Lamar Raynor, 38, and Michella Rena McNeill, 37, were charged with trafficking in heroin.

Cumberland County deputies, Fayetteville police officers, agents with the State Bureau of Investigation and the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Cumberland County code enforcement officers participated in the investigation.

Undercover agents raided homes at 3409, 3485 and 3491 Sanderosa Road and seized more than 3,000 doses of heroin, with an estimated street value of more than $300,000. Moonshine, handguns, video poker machines, marijuana and a stolen utility trailer also were confiscated.

Police also raided a variety thrift shop at 4443 Cumberland Road and a home at 6913 Arden St. in the investigation.

McNatt was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $100,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Detention Center Courtroom.

Raynor was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $240,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Detention Center Courtroom.

Authorities have not released details about McNeill's bond or court date.


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  • Common Sense Man Mar 10, 2010

    Roaddog, these things " " mean I was quoting someone else. It shouldn't be that hard to figure out, it was the post directly before mine.

  • Dark_Horse Mar 10, 2010

    Heroin? Moonshine? Handguns? Video poker machines? Marijuana?
    They never met a felony that they didnt like did they?

  • RPD07 Mar 10, 2010

    Please folks, the police are doing their jobs! How many times are we told "I was just speeding, why don't you do anything about those drug dealers?"


    The police do their jobs of catching the criminals, don't mistake that for what the courts do and let them back out.

  • yindaworld Mar 10, 2010

    so lets get this straight we have one of the guys with a 100,000 bond and another with a 240,000 bond....now i feel like this was a bad thing drugs ruin our children and cause them to make poor choices...with that being said i am so very disappointed in the judical system ...you can get caught with drugs and have a HUGE bond..but you can sell your child for prostitution and recieve a 51,000 bond and of all things ACTUALLY make bond..i still cant understand why we as tax payers have to pay for all of the methods to cath these criminals and with in a few days they are back on the street anyways...

  • roaddog3 Mar 10, 2010

    Sorry Common Sense Man, You're right

  • ncouterbanks69 Mar 10, 2010

    limeyrider....I am in no means defending dealers or users. However, do you really believe that 45 years was fair for that guy?? There are men that rape women, steal, rob and murder that do not get a sentence like that. These people are the true scum of the earth. The only real crime is the difference in sentence. The punishment does not fit the crime in either case.

  • smegma Mar 10, 2010

    LOL CATMAN. i know where the party was GONNA be

  • They call me CATMAN Mar 10, 2010

    These guys were set for the weekend.

  • limeyrider Mar 10, 2010

    "...Seized more than 3,000 doses." I cannot believe the police and DA are still playing this BS 1960s propaganda game. The bigger the number-the bigger the 'drug ring' and the bigger the next budget. DO NOT GET ME WRONG - I HATE PARASITE DEALERS AND THE IDIOTS WHO USE! About 15 years ago, I read of a guy (first time offender) on the west coast caught with 20,000 "dosage units" (police words, not mine) of LSD and that got him 45 years mandatory. What we WERE NOT TOLD- in order cause ANY effect, the idiot(s) taking it would need 10,000 of these "dosage units."

  • didisaythat Mar 10, 2010

    Roaddog3, I think your criticizm should be directed at Ghimmmey51. Common Sense was making the same comment you were making. Gimmey is just another police basher. Blamming the police for the drug dealers selling drugs for 6 months. That is one of the considerations in an investigation like this is how long do you let it go on before "pulling the trigger". My thoughts are try and get as many charges and as much drugs off the street and if it takes 6 months or more it would be no different if the police didn't know they were selling. good Job LEO keep us safe from these criminals. I hope they spend a long time on a chain gang. Oh wait that would be real punishment. Hope they spend a long time laying on their bunk watching TV on our dime.