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'Major' heroin ring in Fayetteville area broken up

Posted March 9, 2010 6:25 p.m. EST
Updated March 10, 2010 8:25 a.m. EST

— 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.