A Wilmington man faces heroin trafficking charges following a weeks-long investigation that resulted in the seizure of heroin, ammunition and guns.
Reginald Sharif Albert, 33, was arrested following a traffic stop Monday in the area of Castle Street, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. The arrest was the result of an 18-week investigation by the Joint Heroin Task Force, which consists of drug agents in New Hanover and Brunswick counties along with federal ATF agents.
Drug agents seized 500 bags of heroin packaged for sale from the center console of the vehicle, Brewer said. After the arrest, a search warrant was executed at two residences, one in the 600 block of Wright Street and another in the Houston Moore Public Housing Community.
Detectives seized an additional 200 bags of heroin packaged for sale, 12 grams of raw heroin, two handguns, five rifles and ammunition of different calibers. One handgun was reported stolen out of Jacksonville, Brewer said. Agents also seized a stolen motorcycle.
Albert is an alleged dealer in Wilmington, Brewer said.
“We’ve seen a large increase in heroin. This is a good punch…you got to fight this thing one way or another. You can’t arrest away the problem, but you can definitely take away a dealer,” Brewer said. “This is not someone who’s bought 21 bags over the last couple days. This is a significant dealer. So being able to take him off the street, being able to take 700 bags of already packaged heroin…is a good thing,”
The total amount of heroin seized is worth a street value of about $28,000, Brewer said.
Both sheriffs are committed to fighting in this initiative to remove dealers and drugs, Brewer said. Sharing information and resources has been “key” in drug investigations that take dealers off the street.
“This is a good showing of how putting these people and working together is successful,” Brewer said.
Albert was charged with five counts of trafficking heroin, possession of stolen firearm, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, two counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to jail records.
He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $350,255 secured bond.