Drug agents arrest man suspected of distributing lethal heroin

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The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is alerting the public of a brand of heroin that has been mixed with an unknown substance, which can be lethal to even the most experienced user. Photo courtesy of BCSO.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public of a brand of heroin that has been mixed with an unknown substance, which can be lethal to even the most experienced user. Photo courtesy of BCSO.

Local authorities have arrested a man suspected of distributing a lethal form heroin throughout the Cape Fear region.

Samod Dwight Chandler, who is 27, was arrested Friday in connection with distributing a brand of heroin stamped “Eagle,” according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jerry Brewer. The investigation was worked in conjunction with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

Last week, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office alerted the community to a “brand” of heroin that contained an unknown and dangerous substance that had been mixed with the drug, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax.

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“The [sheriff’s office] drug enforcement unit has conducted multiple heroin investigations…these investigations indicate that the unknown substance can and will cause experienced users to overdose. Without immediate medical attention, this mixture can be lethal,” Flax warned.

The sheriff’s office alerted the community to this potentially deadly dose of heroin in hopes that the information will prevent the loss of life in the region, she added.

Samod Dwight Chandler
Samod Dwight Chandler

The heroin matching the “Eagle” stamp has been responsible for overdoses in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, Brewer said. Detectives reportedly conducted controlled purchases of the drug directly from the suspect.

Flax confirmed Monday that Brunswick County drug agents participated in a joint task force with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, which resulted in Chandler’s arrest.

Chandler has been charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance; selling heroin; and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to jail records.

According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, he was previously convicted of felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance in New Hanover County on Feb. 12. He was sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation.

Chandler was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $1 million secured bond. Additional arrests are expected in the heroin investigation, Brewer said.