NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A three month investigation led New Hanover County detectives to the arrest of two New York men and the seizure of more than 160 bags of stamped heroin, 50 grams of raw heroin, and manufacturing equipment.
Detectives arrested 47-year-old Altime Laverne Coulter Jr. and 53-year-old Anthony Fashion Tuesday.
Additionally, detectives located equipment of a mobile heroin manufacturing operation, which included a filtered respirator, coffee grinder, ink stamps, and over 3,000 wax bags.
Authorities say the men used a coffee maker to process the drug, a scale to weigh it, and a mask to protect themselves from the fumes.
According to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, the two men are suspected of distributing large quantities of heroin to New Hanover County on two other occasions and are believed to be high-level traffickers for local heroin dealers.
"We're committed to getting the drugs off the streets," said New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon. "From the guy standing on the street corner taking half for himself and giving half to his buddy. To these guys who are in here trying to sell to traffickers. We are committed to getting them off the streets."
Both men were charged with:
- trafficking heroin by possession
- possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin
- manufacturing heroin
- maintaining a vehicle to keep/deliver a controlled substance
- possession of drug paraphernalia