BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – More than $17,000 worth of heroin is now off the streets thanks to the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit.
Terrance McFadden, Thomas Alexander Murphy, Latisha Green, and Dezirea Trappier are behind bars and, if convicted, they could face more than 20 years in prison. Each was charged with three counts of trafficking heroin. Each is being held on $1,000,000 bond.
Sheriff John Ingram said the Narcotics Unit has been working on this case for more than a month. When officers pulled a car over Thursday around 10 p.m., they found more than 630 bindles of heroin inside a woman's purse.
Ingram said Terrance McFadden has an extensive criminal history and investigators knew about his history and were prepared for anything when they pulled over the car. Ingram said the traffic stop went without incident.
They also found a .40 caliber Springfield pistol and another bag containing 10 grams of heroin.
Ingram said each bindle of heroin has a street value of about $20. He said investigators believe the suspects were in drug supply.
"It's obvious they could move large quantities," Ingram said. "Taking this amount off the street and knowing the individual, the main target, knowing his record and seeing they're traveling with a weapon it lets you know that they mean business and hopefully we can keep them behind bars."
He said the Sheriff's Office is working with other county, state and federal agencies to keep drugs off the streets in Brunswick County.
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