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Validated gang member sells drugs to undercover officers

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Rodney Kyshaun Bryant was charged with several drug possession and trafficking charges as well as illegal possession of firearms. (Source: NHC Jail) Rodney Kyshaun Bryant was charged with several drug possession and trafficking charges as well as illegal possession of firearms. (Source: NHC Jail)
3 of the 8 guns seized from the house searches. (Source: WPD) 3 of the 8 guns seized from the house searches. (Source: WPD)
Marijuana confiscated by the search teams. (Source: WPD) Marijuana confiscated by the search teams. (Source: WPD)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A validated gang member was arrested at the beginning of April in connection to several drug-related charges as the result of a month long investigation.

According to search warrants, detectives with the Wilmington Police Department Narcotics Division began the investigation in late February after receiving information that Rodney Bryant ("Roll up Ralph") was selling heroin.

During the investigation, undercover officers bought heroin from Bryant four times between Feb. 28 and March 19, according to search warrants.

The warrants went on to reveal police took a trash can in front of Bryant's home to search for evidence and replaced it with a different one.

According to the search warrants, investigators found plastic bags in the trash that had trace amounts of weed and cocaine and other small bags with marijuana leaves stamped on them.

Bryant, 21, was under felony probation at the time of his arrest. Police were able to track Bryant using an electronic monitoring device.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's SWAY Unit, FBI Safe Streets Units, NC Probation Parole and the ATF all helped in the search of three homes that yielded the drugs, guns, and cash. Police searched 1008, 1010, 1012, S. 11th Street and found eight guns and one gram of raw heroin.

Wilmington Police said Bryant produced and starred in a Youtube video titled Roll Up Ralph. In the video you can see Bryant and other local gang members pointing assault weapons at the camera and smoking weed. You can view that video here: http://bit.ly/1lEyDbx

Bryant was charged with the following:

• 4 Counts of selling heroin

• 4 Counts of delivering heroin

• 5 Counts of possession of a controlled substance within a 1000 ft of a school

• 1 Count possession with intent to manufacture sell, & deliver heroin

• 1 Count of trafficking heroin

• 1 Count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana

• 3 Counts of firearm by felon

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