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Suspected Hope Mills heroin ring busted

Posted February 20, 2013 2:25 p.m. EST

— Cumberland County investigators said Wednesday that they have broken up a heroin trafficking operation in the Hope Mills area.

George Williams Jr., 46, and Nateshia LaShaun King, 31, both of 3757 Colonial Cove, were arrested Monday, and a search of their Hope Mills home turned up more than 26 grams of heroin stashed under a child's bed and sitting on a bedroom dresser, authorities said. More than 2 grams of marijuana also was found in the house.

King's 7-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were at the home during the search but were unharmed, authorities said.

Williams is charged with trafficking heroin by possession, trafficking by selling, trafficking by delivering, maintaining a dwelling for drug distribution and possession of marijuana. He was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $585,000 bond.

King was charged with trafficking heroin by possession, maintaining a dwelling for drug distribution and possession of marijuana. She was jailed under a $50,000 bond.

Investigators have tracked Williams and King since November, with agents buying some heroin from people believed to be part of the operation, authorities said.

More arrests are expected in the investigation.