Heroin trafficking charges for county man; arrest in Saturday shooting

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New Hanover County

Bennie Lee Graham
Bennie Lee Graham

Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man on drug trafficking charges following a monthslong investigation.

Bennie Lee Graham, 36, was arrested Friday in the 4900 block of New Center Drive on multiple drug charges, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. He was the target of a heroin investigation that lasted for more than two months.

Graham was allegedly found to be in possession of 15 grams of heroin, 100 bags of heroin, marijuana and prescription pills, Brewer said.

He was charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, possessing a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, manufacturing a schedule IV controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a parole violation.

According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Graham was convicted of second-degree kidnapping and common law robbery in Columbus County on July 30, 2012. He has been on probation since his release from prison in July 2015. His probation would have ended in April 2016.

Graham was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $250,000 secured bond.

Wilmington

Corey Sneed
Corey Sneed

Wilmington police have arrested a man in connection with a Saturday morning shooting into a vehicle.

Corey Tyrone Sneed, 44, of Wilmington, was arrested after a shooting in the area of 13th and Ann streets at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley.

A witness reported the suspect was in a vehicle when he fired multiple shots, hitting the victim’s car, Rawley said. Police located and arrested Sneed a short time later.

Sneed was charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm in city limits and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.