On October 28, 2014, the New Hanover County Vice/Narcotics Unit concluded a three month investigation into a heroin trafficking ring providing a substantial amount of heroin to the Wilmington, North Carolina area. The investigation revolved around three known felons receiving shipments of raw heroin and then manufacturing, processing and converting it into individual dosage units.
On October 28, 2014, Vice/Narcotics Detectives applied for and was granted a search warrant for 4707 Greentree Road Apartment #B. Upon execution of this search warrant, Jerome Brown and Fredrick McBride were in a back bedroom of the apartment packaging heroin. The Department of Social Services responded to the apartment due to a small juvenile being present during the execution of the search warrant.
The culmination of this investigation resulted with the seizure of over 1500 bindles of packaged heroin, approximately 4.5 ounces of raw heroin, numerous manufacturing items, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of US Currency. The heroin seized has a street value of approximately $85,000.
Jerome Brown and Fredrick McBride were arrested and charged with trafficking heroin (2 Counts), possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin, maintaining a dwelling/vehicle, conspiracy to traffic heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both individuals received a $1,000,000.00 secured bond. Quince Moore was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin (4 Counts), possession with intent to sell/deliver (2 Counts), possession of drug paraphernalia (2 Counts), maintaining a dwelling/vehicle (2 Counts) and conspiracy to traffic heroin. Quince Moore received a $100,000 secured bond for these offenses. All three men are currently in the New Hanover County Detention Facility.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit competed in the United States Police K-9 Association 2014 National Police Dog Trials held in Wilson, NC. The trials were held from October 19 – 24, 2014. Corporal J. Stegall, Deputy J. Cummins, Sergeant S. Croom, Deputy W. Baxley, and Deputy R. Mills placed third overall nationally. Corporal J. Stegall also placed 6th overall in the individual trials. Deputy Cummings finished 11th individually and Sgt. Croom finished 20th individually. This is a wonderful accomplishment for the canine unit, not only did everyone receive national certification but the number three canine unit in the nation is New Hanover County.
NHSO Warns Against Fraud
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating possible fraud. Sheriff McMahon was informed by a citizen in regards to a man who was approaching people in the Golden Corral located on New Center Dr. He stated that they would need a special identification card to be able to vote in next month’s election. The suspect, a white male, wearing glasses, 30-40 years old, approached a couple who were having lunch in the restaurant and informed the couple that he was signing people up for the new voter identification card. He stated that he needed all of their information such as name, address, party affiliation, and social security number to get them signed up for the new voter identification card. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating this case and additional information will be released as it becomes available. For any information related to voter registration please contact the New Hanover County Board of Elections at 798-7330, http://elections.nhcgov.com/
NEW HANOVER – On Thursday, January 29, 2009 just after 12:30 a.m., Deputies responded to a rural area of River Road to find the body of 22-year old Alton Corey Vann. Vann died as a result of a gunshot wound.
Today Sheriff Ed McMahon in partnership with District Attorney Ben David announced that Larry Karl Gonzalez has been arrested for the murder of Alton Corey Vann. Gonzalez will be extridited from Texas to stand trial here in New Hanover County.