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Man sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for heroin distribution

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington man was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison followed by four years supervised released after pleading guilty to heroin distribution.

William Haywood Houck, 36, pleaded guilty on February 6, 2013 to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin, according to a new release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Officials say during the course of the investigation, the Wilmington Police Department made an undercover purchase of heroin from Houck on October 11, 2011.  

Members of the Greensboro Police Department in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force arrested Houck on November 21, 2011 for an outstanding order for arrest at a hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. Houck and other co-conspirators were in possession of $9,000. The money was to be used to purchase heroin in New York, according to the news release.

Officials say Houck and other co-conspirators were arrested on February 9, 2012 at a residence on Greenfield St. in Wilmington, North Carolina. The WPD served a search warrant at this residence where they found raw heroin, 14 grams of Phencyclidine (PCP), and a small amount of cocaine base.

Officials say the investigation released that about one week prior to this arrest, Houck and others had been involved in the packaging for distribution of approximately 600 bags of heroin at the same residence.

According to the news release, so far, 35 persons have been sentenced in federal court as a part of this operation.

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