Information from a citizen helped detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office make three arrests Thursday for conspiracy to sell and deliver heroin and other related charges.
According to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. J.J. Brewer, the sheriff’s office received information from a citizen that possible drug activity was going to take place with a recently released inmate from the New Hanover County Jail.
Vice and narcotics detectives were notified of the information and began their investigation with the surveillance of 37-year-old Vasthi Tierre Baptist, Brewer said.
When Baptist arrived home, detectives observed him enter a gold Nissan sedan. Baptist and two other men inside the vehicle were quickly detained and searched after detectives saw them try to swallow some packages, Brewer said.
Officers arrested Baptist on charges of conspiracy to sell and deliver heroin, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Baptist was found in possession of one bag of heroin, Brewer said.
Sharif Delon Craig, 38, was charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance and resisting, obstructing or delaying law enforcement. Craig allegedly had 20 bags of heroin.
Hezekiah Nixon IV, 37, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for drugs, conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance. Nixon had 29 bags of heroin and 16 bags of marijuana, Brewer said.