Wilmington man facing meth, fentanyl trafficking charges

Wilmington man facing meth, fentanyl trafficking charges
Robert James Bickford (Source: NHCSO)

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - New Hanover County authorities confiscated methamphetamine and fentanyl from a Wilmington man following a drug trafficking investigation in Carolina Beach.

According to a news release, detectives with the Carolina Beach Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop Thursday on a car occupied by 34-year-old Robert James Bickford, who then tried to flee from officers before being caught.

Bickford allegedly assaulted an officer during his escape attempt, the news release stated.

A search revealed that he had 191 grams of methamphetamine and 86 grams of acetyl fentanyl on him at the time of his arrest.

He was charged with:

  • Trafficking in meth by possession
  • Trafficking in meth by transport
  • Trafficking in opium or heroin by possession
  • Trafficking in opium or heroin by transport
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (two counts)
  • Assault on a law enforcement officer
  • Resisting a public officer

Bickford was booked into the New Hanover County Jail under no bond. He’s expected to make his first court appearance on the charges Friday.

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