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Pitt sheriff's deputies seize thousands of heroin doses

Posted January 14, 2013

Pitt County Sheriff's deputies seized 70 blocks of heroin in an ongoing investigation of drug trafficking in the Stokes area.

— Pitt County sheriff’s deputies seized 70 blocks of heroin Friday in an ongoing investigation of a drug distribution ring in the Stokes area.

A drug seizure last week that netted 500 dosage units of heroin and $3,500 in cash led detectives to investigate a suspect identified as Maurice Larmont Whichard, 34, of the 1100 block of Chestnut Street in Greenville.

Detectives said they executed a search warrant Friday, with the help of the Greenville Police Department, at Whichard’s apartment and found nearly 3,000 dosage units of heroin and $1,138 in cash.

A 2003 Cadillac also was seized.

“Unfortunately, narcotics detectives start to battle the war against one drug and another drug takes its place,” Sheriff Neil Elks said in a statement. “As we crack down on prescription drug abuse, heroin appears to be on the increase. It is cheaper and more easily available than prescription opioids, such as oxycodone.”

Whichard was charged with trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to sell and distribute heroin and possession with intent to sell and distribute heroin within 1000 feet of school.

He was held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $5 million secured bond.

Pitt County sheriff’s detectives on Friday also arrested a 36-year-old Whittier woman on drug charges after following a tip on the trafficking of prescription pain pills.

Sally Anita Rogers, of the 2500 block of Old No. 4 Road, was charged with two counts of trafficking in opiates by possession, trafficking in opiates by transport and carrying a concealed weapon.

Investigators said they stopped Rogers in her car at the intersection of Black Jack-Simpson Road and Avon Road. A search of the vehicle found 100 oxycodone pills with a street value of $3,000, a 9mm handgun that was concealed in a secret compartment and more than $5,000 in cash.

Rogers was held at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond. Detectives said she is awaiting trial on similar drug charges in Jackson County.
 

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  • calsnana6 Jan 16, 3:33 p.m.

    Relic ... I agree with you. Prescription Abuse is still the highest over coming motor vehicle deaths...

  • Relic Jan 14, 5:23 p.m.

    "acting surprised it's never been a decrease"

    You're wrong. When "crack" cocaine moved into NC it almost completely wiped out the heroin trade because it was easier to get, easier to manufacture and easier to consume. There had to be a decrease because all the dealers were bringing in cocaine to make crack and nobody wasted time on heroin except some of the old hard-core junkies. Heroin "came back" when pressure was put on cocaine trafficking and wars between cartels in Mexico reduced raw coke coming in the state. Plus, many young cops in NC had no idea what heroin bindles looked like because they had all been trained on crack, meth and marijuana. Look more at the stats on the number of deaths and OD's related to heroin.

  • Relic Jan 14, 5:18 p.m.

    Heroin use is on the rise, especially among white middle class persons. Many are former meth or crack addicts who switched to heroin after pressure from law enforcement has caused lower amounts of cocaine and meth in NC. Don't fool yourself on prescription abuse being higher than "street heroin in Wake". It's not. Most of the heroin sales are being made to people from Raleigh and Durham in outlying areas and from vehicles. Most heroin users either go to a hotel out of town or just shoot up in the car or in a restaurant restroom because they're in a hurry.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 4:30 p.m.

    Seizing these drugs may have saved someone's life. Of course the addict will find another resource. Pray for them for they do not realize the danger they are in.

  • Minarchist Jan 14, 4:24 p.m.

    Plenty of heroin use around here. Just look at the WRAL arrest photos. vinylcarwraps23 January 14, 2013 11:03 a.m. ------

    Yes you are correct. Heroin arrest are up here in Wake co. So is pop. growth, so is every other crime in general.
    bubbba
    January 14, 2013 11:43 a.m.

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    Yes those drug laws are really doing a great job!!

  • cynda-ur-way Jan 14, 12:29 p.m.

    wake county includes all opiate based arrest as heroin charges. The prescription pill epidemic is much more prevalent then street heroin in Wake county.

  • bubbba Jan 14, 11:43 a.m.

    Plenty of heroin use around here. Just look at the WRAL arrest photos.
    vinylcarwraps23
    January 14, 2013 11:03 a.m.
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    Yes you are correct. Heroin arrest are up here in Wake co. So is pop. growth, so is every other crime in general.

  • Minarchist Jan 14, 11:03 a.m.

    Plenty of heroin use around here. Just look at the WRAL arrest photos.

  • bubbba Jan 14, 11:02 a.m.

    Pitt Co/Greenville has always been known for the heroin city from here to down east since the 60's. I don't understand why law enforcement is acting surprised it's never been a decrease just newer folk wanting something different and that's a fact check stats stop misleading the public about heroin in ur county
    zile1porkey
    January 14, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    Maybe it's because they actually know what there talkin about.

  • bubbba Jan 14, 10:47 a.m.

    3000 dosage units already cut and packed. Sorry folks don't get so excited. That was just passin thru Greenville headed to a bigger place.

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