Vice and Narcotics Detectives Bust Substantial Heroin Operation

                                                        Substantial Heroin Bust

 The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Vice and Narcotics Detectives have made a substantial heroin bust.  Detectives have arrested two individuals and warrants have been issued for two others involved with this investigation.

            Based on the investigation by Vice and Narcotic Detectives, it was determined that there was a specific organization responsible for supplying large quantities of heroin to New Hanover County.  Detectives continued to investigate leads which led them to Newark, New Jersey and to the subjects involved. Further investigation revealed that these subjects would be coming to the Wilmington area.

On Thursday August 12, Detectives located a vehicle in the Castle Hayne area and initiated a traffic stop. After concluding the traffic stop it was determined that vehicle would be seized and a search warrant applied for regarding a more detailed search of the vehicle. 

            After completing a detailed search of the vehicle, detectives discovered several hidden switches under the dashboard that manipulated a hydraulic hidden compartment in the rear of the vehicle. Inside the hidden compartment, detectives found 1500 bags of heroin, 12 grams of crack cocaine, and a half ounce of marijuana. 

 

Mitchell, Talif Amond         26 year old Black Male

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- misdemeanor

Conspiracy Traffic Opium & Heroin-felony

Conspire Sell/Deliver Cocaine-felony

Trafficking Heroin- 3 counts felony

Possession with the Intent to Sell or Deliver Heroin-felony

Possession with the Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine-felony

Possess Marijuana-misdemeanor

$1,000,000.00 Secure Bond

Smith, Ashley Shafon         22 year old black female

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- misdemeanor

Conspiracy Traffic Opium & Heroin-felony

Conspire Sell/Deliver Cocaine-felony

Trafficking Heroin- 3 counts felony

Possession with the Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine-felony

Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver-felony

Maintaining Dwelling or Vehicle for Drugs-felony

Possess Schedule VI-misdemeanor

$1,000,000.00 Secure Bond

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