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3 suspects face drug charges following heroin bust

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Vasthi Tierre Baptist (Source: NHSO) Vasthi Tierre Baptist (Source: NHSO)
Sharif Delon Craig (Source: NHSO) Sharif Delon Craig (Source: NHSO)
Hezekiah Nixon IV (Source: NHSO) Hezekiah Nixon IV (Source: NHSO)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Three men face drug charges after authorities with the New Hanover County Sheriff's received a tip from a citizen.

According Sgt. Jerry Brewer, the sheriff's office received a tip that possible drug activity was going to happen involving a recently released inmate from the county jail.

Sheriff's office Vice and Narcotics detectives then began investigating with surveillance of a suspect named Vasthi Baptist.

Authorities saw Baptist, 37, arrive home and get into a car, where two other men were. The men began moving around, and the authorities decided to further investigate, approaching the vehicle.

At that point, they noticed the suspects attempting to swallow packages. The detectives recovered 20 bags of heroin from one of the men, 38-year-old Sharif Delon Craig, and a bag of heroin on Baptist.

The driver, 37-year-old Hezekiah Nixon IV, was found to be in possession of 29 bags of heroin and 16 bags of marijuana.

The suspects were subsequently charged as followed:

Vasthi Tierre Baptist

  • Conspiracy sell/deliver heroin - 1 count (felony)
  • Possession of heroin- 1 count (felony)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia -1 count (misdemeanor)

Hezekiah Nixon IV

  • PWIMSD Schedule I controlled substance - 1 count (felony)
  • Maintain vehicle/dwelling for drugs -1 count (felony)
  • Conspiracy sell/deliver heroin- 1 count (felony)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia- 1 count (misdemeanor)
  • PWIMSD Marijuana -1 count (felony)
  • Manufacture schedule VI controlled substance - 1 count (felony)

Sharif Delon Craig

  • Conspiracy sell/deliver heroin - 1 count (felony)
  • PWIMSD Schedule I controlled substance - 1 count (felony)
  • Resist/Obstruct/Delay Law Enforcement - 1 count (misdemeanor)

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