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Durham restaurant owner arrested on heroin charges after undercover sting

Posted May 13, 2014

— The owner of Tasty Haven Restaurant was arrested Tuesday for trafficking and dealing heroin, police said.

Shelby Andrew Wilson, 48, is charged with:

- Trafficking heroin, level 3 (28 grams of heroin and above – the highest level of heroin trafficking)
- Seven counts of trafficking heroin, level 1 (4 grams - 14 grams of heroin)
- Two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- Possession of a stolen firearm
- Eight counts of maintaining a dwelling/business for the manufacture, sale or delivery of controlled substances
- Eight counts of possession of heroin with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver
- Six counts of sale of heroin
- Six counts of delivery of heroin

Investigators confiscated 117.8 grams of heroin and two firearms after what investigators described as a long-term undercover operation. One of the guns was reported stolen, police said.

Search warrants were executed at Wilson’s restaurant on East Trinity Avenue and at homes on Oxboro Circle and Birch Run Drive Tuesday.

Wilson was placed in the Durham County jail under a $5 million bond.


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  • Fanny Chmelar May 14, 2014
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    The "War on Drugs" has been a HUGE mistake ever since its inception.

    There should have never been a "War on Drugs" so much as treating drugs as a public health issue. Our jails are full, our treasure diminished, and nothing has been "fixed".

  • beef May 14, 2014

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    Yes, well trying to stop it is ruining MY life. I am tired of living in a police state under the pretence of saving someone else from themselves. Legalize it and let them have their "fun". The rest of us will get along just fine without them.

  • Ex-Republican May 13, 2014

    We are losing (have lost) the war on drugs. Heroin should never have funneled down to this low level dealer. It should have been stopped at the border. This is dangerous stuff that destroys lives.