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Drug bust leads to several arrests, seizure of over 5,500 bags of heroin and one very rusty gun

WILMINGTON — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office concluded a 4-week investigation that led to several arrests and the seizure of more than 5,500 bags of heroin, marijuana, cocaine, and a sketchy looking firearm.

According to NHCSO Spokesman Jerry Brewer, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Division concluded a 4-week investigation into Crystal James for selling large amounts of heroin in New Hanover County. On June 6, 2019, Detectives conducted surveillance on James and observed her leave her residence at 1606 S.15th St. and drive to the parking lot near Shipyard Blvd. After observing James still sitting in her vehicle detectives approached her. Detectives located approximately 100 bags of heroin approximately 12 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia inside James vehicle.”

Traneeta Lloyd and Daquan Hansley were in a vehicle next to James and officers located more heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.

When detectives executed a search warrant on James’ residence at 1606 S. 15th St. in Wilmington, they found even more drugs — and what authorities described as a rusty “AR-style” .22 long rifle.

“The search warrant yielded approximately 5600 bags of heroin, over 80 grams of marijuana, an AR style .22 long rifle, US currency, and drug paraphernalia. Crystal James was charged with numerous drug offenses including possession with intent to sell heroin and trafficking heroin she is in the New Hanover Detention Facility under a $2,000,000 secure bond. Daquan Hansley and Traneeta Lloyd were both charged with numerous drug offenses including possession with intent to sell heroin,” Brewer said.


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