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Two charged in Pitt County heroin bust

Posted January 28, 2013

— Pitt County sheriff’s deputies seized 25 grams of raw, uncut heroin last week following a two-month investigation into drug trafficking.

Deputies said Sunday they conducted a targeted traffic stop about 10 p.m. Friday on Highway 903 near Stokes. Deputies said the drugs were found in the vehicle, a 2003 GMC Yukon XL driven by Eric Strong, 41, of Winterville.

Strong was charged with felony trafficking in heroin by possession and transport. He was held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1.5 million secured bond. Strong also has a fugitive warrant from Maryland.

The passenger, identified as Kenneth Harley, 24, of Clinton, Md., was charged with felony trafficking in heroin by possession. He was held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

The drug has a street value of 25,000 to $30,000, Sheriff Neil Elks said.

“Pure, uncut heroin is absolutely lethal if injected,” he said. “Once cut, 25 grams breaks down into 1,200 single dosage units.”

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  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Jan 28, 10:54 a.m.

    Good people are fed up with this mess. I will call the law on anyone near me with drugs.

  • USAF20YR Ret Jan 28, 10:32 a.m.

    These clowns will cost a minute fraction of a percent to send to trial, and if convicted, house, than it will cost for one illegal to live in this country, and continue to pay no taxes.

  • SFSOLDIER Jan 28, 10:20 a.m.

    Two less chuckleheads to worry about. Throw them in the slammer, throw away the key!

  • WageSlave Jan 28, 9:32 a.m.

    Great job officers! you were able to pull over a car for a traffic stop. Bad drivers are some of the worst criminals out there because they KILL innocent people at high rates. Now get back out there and make 10,000 more traffic stops.
    LocalYokel

    "Deputies said Sunday they conducted a targeted traffic stop about 10 p.m."

    Nothing about his driving, they had this guy on the radar for a while. He just finally got pinched.

  • LocalYokel Jan 28, 9:15 a.m.

    Great job officers! you were able to pull over a car for a traffic stop. Bad drivers are some of the worst criminals out there because they KILL innocent people at high rates. Now get back out there and make 10,000 more traffic stops.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jan 28, 9:10 a.m.

    Great job officers! Now that they have been arrested, let's pray the courts don't just give them a slap on the wrist. Drug dealers should be treated as the hardest of criminals.

    Really???? I am not defending these guys but to go to jail longer than a rapist and/or a murderer is hogwash.

  • rightisright58 Jan 28, 8:33 a.m.

    Great job officers! Now that they have been arrested, let's pray the courts don't just give them a slap on the wrist. Drug dealers should be treated as the hardest of criminals.