Two men arrested after early morning narcotics operation

Two men arrested after early morning narcotics operation

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Two men were arrested Thursday in connection to an early morning narcotics operation in Wilmington.

Wilmington Police charged 56-year-old Antonio Herring and 35-year-old Antonio Shufford with multiple drug charges after investigators executed five search warrants in the city.

Deputies from the Brunswick and New Hanover County Sheriff's assisted in the searches Thursday. More than 22 grams of crack cocaine were seized along with drug paraphernalia and over $2,000 in cash.

Police say five addresses were searched after a four month long investigation. Herring was arrested at 1506 Kennedy Plaza, and Shufford was taken into custody at 308 South Sixth Street. No arrests were made at the remaining addresses.

During the course of the the operation, officers attempting to serve a search warrant went to the wrong address. This happened at the Willow Ponds apartment complex. We spoke with a woman who says she was inside an apartment when officers burst inside and forced her to the ground. No formal complaint has been filed against the officers involved.

Herring is charged with manufacture, sell, deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to sell, manufacture, deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. He was placed in jail under a $50,000 bond.

Shufford was charged with four counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. He was booked in the New Hanover County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

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