Nash County traffic stop leads to record-breaking heroin bust
Posted March 8
Updated March 10
Nash County, N.C. — A traffic stop in Nash County early Sunday yielded a major haul of heroin with a street value estimated at $173,500, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Authorities said that Nash County deputies conducted a vehicle stop on Highway 301 near Prussia Street in Halifax County at about 10 a.m. Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal drug activity. A police dog was deployed and alerted deputies to the presence of narcotics.
The Sheriff's Office said that the driver of the vehicle, Billy Ray Johnson of 908 Kates Lane in Nashville, was found to be in possession of 347 bricks of heroin and $4,720 in cash.
Johnson was charged with two counts of trafficking heroin and one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to sell or deliver a controlled substance.
Following Johnson's arrest, a search warrant was executed on his home, where two guns were located. Since Johnson is a convicted felon in the state of North Carolina, he also faces one charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Johnson was being held at the Nash County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond.
*A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the drugs seized was black tar heroin.