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Heroin trafficking investigation uncovers guns, processing equipment and $34,000 in drugs

William Walker Jr, 56, was arrested and charged with numerous felony narcotics violations after a Joint Task Force Investigation last week. (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY NHCSO)
William Walker Jr., 56, was arrested and charged with felony narcotics trafficking violations after a Joint Task Force Investigation last week. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY NHCSO)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Last week, a joint task force made up of state and local law enforcement agencies concluded a heroin trafficking investigation that resulted in an estimated $34,000 worth of drugs being removed from the streets.

According to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer, agents with the FBI Coastal Criminal Enterprise Task Force, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department Vice/Narcotics Units and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation served a series of search warrants that resulted in the arrest of 56-year-old William Walker Jr. on Aug. 10.

The investigation began in Brunswick County, before leading to the arrest of Walker in Wilmington.

Walker, of Wilmington, was found with approximately 2 ounces of raw powder heroin, 400 bags of heroin, a handgun, as well as heroin packaging and processing materials in his possession.

Walker is being charged with numerous felony narcotics trafficking violations, including two counts of trafficking heroin, manufacture of a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute heroin, two charges of maintaining a controlled substance in a dwelling, as well as several misdemeanor charges.

According to Brewer, the amount of heroin seized totals almost 3,400 individual bindles of heroin, with a street value of almost $34,000.

In addition to the narcotics charges, Walker is being charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, and felony possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers.

Walker is being held in the New Hanover County Detention Center under a $2 million secure bond.

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