Police arrest known drug dealer, seize 800 bindles of heroin

Police arrest known drug dealer, seize 800 bindles of heroin

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington Police Vice detectives and officers with the Mobile Field Force seized around 800 bindles of heroin after they arrested a known drug dealer Tuesday.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, detectives were walking in the 100 block of North Front Street when they recognized validated gang member, Damien Tatron McGill, 28, of Wilmington, who is on pre-trial release and electronic monitoring. They discovered McGill had an outstanding warrant for driving with a revoked license, and placed him under arrest without incident.

During a search of McGill, detectives found 90 bindles of heroin and several hundred dollars in cash. Authorities then obtained a search warrant for his residence in the 1400 block of Grace Street, which yielded more than 700 bindles of heroin, eight grams of raw heroin, 11 grams of crack and more than $5,000.

McGill was charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin, possession of heroin, possession with the intent to sell/deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacture/sell/deliver/possess a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park.

McGill was placed in the New Hanover County Jail under a $10 million bond.

McGill was one of three arrested in connection to an attempted armed robbery at a Wilmington barber shop in November 2015. Police are still searching for one suspect believed to be connected to that case.

According to the NC Department of Public Safety, McGill has several past convictions, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, attempted first-degree burglary, possession of stolen goods, possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance, assault on a school official and resisting an officer.

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