A Wilmington man has pleaded guilty to selling heroin at a Market Street hotel.
Timothy Harris, 35, pleaded guilty to attempting to traffic in heroin, selling heroin, and two counts of possessing, selling or delivering a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, according to New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David.
Drug agents with the Wilmington Police Department conducted a controlled purchase of heroin from Harris at a hotel room in the 2900 block of Market Street on June 25, 2015, David said. After the purchase, detectives conducted a search of Harris’ hotel room and found an addition 208 bags of heroin. A 17-year-old female was also arrested with Harris.
“Our office remains committed to cleaning up the rampant criminal activity associated with certain motels and hotels in the Market Street corridor,” Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo said.
In December 2015, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and David announced a joint effort to stop the drug sales, prostitution and violence at many of the hotels along Wilmington’s Market Street corridor, roughly spanning from the I-40 overpass to 23rd Street.
Criminal and civil laws are aiding the fight, as the local leaders and the city work with property owners and trustees of several establishments that have a documented history of criminal activity from which “a troubling pattern” of crime has emerged, David said during a press conference in December.
The district attorney’s office is continuing to focus investigations and “vigorously prosecute” people who use those areas as a basis for their crimes, Severo said.
Superior Court Judge Charles Henry sentenced Harris to 48-79 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.