Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Customers complain, so Wilmington heroin dealer serves up a stronger batch

WILMINGTON — A 22-year-old Wilmington man will spend up to up to four-and-a-half years in jail after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin and the sale of heroin.

Michael Williams had been accused of selling more than 300 bags of heroin in Wilmington between July 29 and Aug. 8, 2016.

According to a press release from District Attorney Ben David’s Office, Williams had been distributing heroin that his customers did not like because it was not strong enough. He then began distributing a different brand, which caused at least one overdose during this time period.

“Fortunately, there were no reported deaths from it,” the release states.

Williams was also supplying at least one person who then re-distributed heroin found at a number of Market Street hotels and motels, the release states.

On Aug. 8, 2016, detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at Williams’ residence on Berkely Drive and found more than 300 bags of heroin and approximately four grams of raw heroin.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo.

“Heroin distribution will not be tolerated anywhere in our community, but we will continue to be hyper vigilant in our prosecution of cases in the hotels and motels of the Market Street corridor,” Severo said.

Judge John Nobles sentenced Williams to 40-57 months imprisonment.

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