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Several gang members arrested in drug bust

Officials seized enough heroin to make 100 bags, marijuana, six guns and hundreds of dollars in cash. (Source: WECT) Officials seized enough heroin to make 100 bags, marijuana, six guns and hundreds of dollars in cash. (Source: WECT)
R.Hines (left) Wilson (middle) Sterling (right) (Source: NHCSO) R.Hines (left) Wilson (middle) Sterling (right) (Source: NHCSO)
Marshall (left) J.Hines (middle) Ingram (right) (Source: NHCSO) Marshall (left) J.Hines (middle) Ingram (right) (Source: NHCSO)
Shuford (left) Smith (middle) Williams (right) (Source: NHCSO) Shuford (left) Smith (middle) Williams (right) (Source: NHCSO)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office arrested nine people, including several known gang members, in connection to a vice and narcotics bust Wednesday night.

According to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, Rashawn Hines was among those arrested after the month-long investigation. Hines is a man police have called "one of the worst offenders in the Wilmington area." 

Investigators said Hines is now a leader of the Bloods gang in Wilmington. He was released from jail July 4 and was charged again the same day with attempted first degree murder.

Representatives with the sheriff's office said the investigation started when they got tipped off about a home on N. 11th Street. They were informed the home, which Hines was living in under house arrest, was being used as a Blood Gang Member "hangout." 

The complaints also said Hines was distributing heroin and marijuana from the residence. Additionally, investigators received information that Hines had assumed a leadership role in the gang, due to the fact that other gang members had been incarcerated.

Investigators watched the home for about a month, and discovered drug distribution was taking place inside, so they served a search warrant Wednesday night. 

Inside the home, they found hundreds of dollars in cash, six guns (two of which were stolen), enough heroin to make 100 bags, marijuana, and packaging materials needed to sell the drugs.

The Vice and Narcotics unit arrested everyone who was in the house at the time of the bust. 

Hines' sister, Jasmine Hines who also reportedly lived at the home, arrived during the bust and was also arrested. Authorities said children have been seen at the home, but were not there Wednesday night.

Hines' bond was increased to $5 million after making his first court appearance Thursday afternoon. He was charged with:

  • Possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, manufacturing heroin, possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin, maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Other people arrested included:
  • Jasmine Hines, sister of Rashawn Hines and Blood member associate, is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. 
  • Michael Williams is charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting/delay or obstructing an officer.
  • Curtis Marshall, a validated Blood Gang member, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Jamar Sterling, validated Blood Gang Member, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia. 
  • Rashaun Wilson, self-admitted Blood Gang member, is currently on supervised probation for a prior heroin-related conviction. Wilson is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana with less than 1/2 ounce. 
  • Charese Ingram, a Blood member associate, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Candice Shuford is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. 
  • Tawnee Smith, a senior at New Hanover High School, is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. 
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