Man sentenced to 18 years in thwarted 2013 heroin distribution case

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Vice narcotics agents with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office seized 3,250 bags of heroin at a Wilmington home on July 16, 2013. Photo by Christina Haley.
Vice narcotics agents with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office seized 3,250 bags of heroin from a Wilmington home on July 16, 2013. Photo by Christina Haley.

A New Hanover County jury found a Wilmington man guilty of trafficking heroin into the county from New Jersey.

John Scott Hudson, 42, was found guilty Friday on charges of trafficking heroin by possession of more than 28 grams, possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin, according to a notice from District Attorney Ben David. Superior Court Judge John Nobles sentenced Hudson to more than 18 years in the N.C. Department of Corrections. He was ordered to pay $500,000 in fines.

Hudson was one of two suspects arrested following a monthlong investigation by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in 2013. According to sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer, the investigation resulted in the seizure of 3,250 bags of heroin with a street value of about $130,000.

The package containing 49 grams of heroin was sent July 15, 2013 from Patterson, New Jersey, to Hudson’s co-defendant, 42-year-old Travis Lee Angel, according to David.

The following day, investigators with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Interdiction Team were able to identify the New Jersey package and intercept it at local distributor.

John Scott Hudson
John Scott Hudson

Detectives then made a “controlled delivery” of the package to Angel’s home in the 900 block of North Fifth Avenue. Angel accepted the package and went inside the home, David said. Hudson walked over to the house shortly after the delivery and took the package to a shed in the backyard.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence and found Hudson in the backyard with the package under his arm attempting to unlock the shed, David said.

Drug agents found the heroin powder inside the home, sealed in plastic and stamped “GREAT” for packaging and sale, Brewer said at the time of Hudson’s and Angel’s arrests.

Travis Lee Angel
Travis Lee Angel

Angel pleaded guilty before the start of Hudson’s trial to trafficking in heroin by possession of more than 14 grams. He will be sentenced at a later date, David said.

“The work of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Interdiction Team helped to disrupt a significant drug trafficking organization that was attempting to develop a network in Wilmington. We hope this lengthy prison sentence will deter others from poisoning our community with heroin,” Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo said.

Severo prosecuted the case for the state. Hudson was represented by Attorney Andrew Waters.