Nash County authorities seize nearly 300 heroin bricks in traffic stop
Posted November 12, 2017 9:33 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT
Nashville, N.C. — North Carolina authorities seized nearly 300 bricks of heroin over the weekend from a vehicle traveling from New Jersey.
The Nash County Sheriff's Office received a tip on Saturday that a man would be transporting a large amount of heroin into the county, according to a post on the sheriff's Facebook page. Based on the tip, authorities were able to locate a vehicle that exited Interstate 95 south onto U.S. Highway 64 west.
Officials stopped the vehicle for a moving violation on W. Washington Street in Nashville, N.C.
The sheriff's office said a K-9 officer alerted officials to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. When officers searched the vehicle, they found 283 bricks of packaged heroin and 101.1 grams of raw heroin. The raw heroin was found in a hidden compartment in the vehicle's dashboard.
A second vehicle involved in the case was also stopped, the sheriff's office said.
Five people were arrested and charged. Authorities identified the suspects as:
–Michael Green, 55, of, Newark, New Jersey, was charged with trafficking opium or heroin and conspire to traffic opium or heroin. Green was jailed under a $1.5 million secured bond.
–Kahdijah Tamirah Smith, 33, Vauxhall, New Jersey, was charged with trafficking opium or heroin and conspire to traffic opium or heroin. Smith was jailed under a $1.5 million secured bond.
–Shamsuddi M. Green, 37, of E. Orange, New Jersey, was charged with conspire to traffic opium or heroin and was given a $1 million bond.
–Rachine R. Green, 42, of Columbus, Ohio, was charged with conspire to traffic opium or heroin and was given a $250,000 secured bond.
–Kawuan Robertson, 38, of Irvington, New Jersey, was charged with conspire to traffic opium or heroin. Rovertson was jailed under a $250,000 secured bond.