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Seven gang members arrested for heroin

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WILMINGTON, N.C. - Seven gang members were arrested on drug charges in New Hanover County.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says the Office’s Narcotics Unit, Wilmington Police and FBI Safe Streets Task Force were investigating heroin trafficking by local Blood Gang Members in the Wilmington area.

The investigation focused on validated Blood Gang Members and their associates receiving large amounts of heroin from other states and then transporting, manufacturing and distributing the drug in the Creekwood Housing Community and surrounding neighborhoods.

During the investigation, officers conducted surveillance of the area and interviewed people who had direct knowledge of the heroin organization.

Seven people in the heroin organization were arrested on February 18, 2014 after a search warrant was executed at 314 North 30th Street. As a result of the arrest, approximately 2,600 wax bindles of heroin, a small amount of cocaine and several thousand dollars were recovered at the location.

The seven people arrested were transported to New Hanover County Detention Facility where they were charged.

Jermain Rogers, 35, was arrested for Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Heroin by Transportation, Trafficking Heroin by Sale, Trafficking Heroin by Deliver, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Heroin, Maintaining a Dwelling/Vehicle and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Rogers received a $50,000 secured bond.

Kwintell McLucas, 22, was arrested for two counts of Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Heroin by Sale, Trafficking Heroin by Delivery, two counts of Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Heroin, and two counts Maintaining a Dwelling/Vehicle and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. McLucas received a $1 million secured bond.

Desmond Hines, 25, was arrested for Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Heroin by Transportation, Trafficking Heroin by Sale, Trafficking Heroin By Delivery, Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hines received a $1 million secured bond.

Keyshaun Flowers, 21, was arrested for Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Heroin by Transportation, Trafficking Heroin by Sale, Trafficking Heroin by Delivery, Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Flowers received a $1 secured bond.

Rakeem Wilson, 25, was arrested for Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking heroin by Transportation, Trafficking Heroin by Sale, Trafficking Heroin by Delivery, Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Wilson received a $1 million secured bond.  

Darren Zanders Sr. was arrested with Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine, Manufacture Cocaine, Maintaining a Dwelling/Vehicle and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Zanders Sr. received a $2,000 secured bond.

Rogers and Zanders Sr. posted bond and are out of the New Hanover County Detention Facility.

The Sheriff’s Office says in an unrelated investigation, Abdul Ramont McKoy, 35, was arrested February 19, 2014 on trafficking heroin charges. Officers conducted a search warrant at 115 South 9th St. apt A where 120 bags of heroin were recovered. McKoy was charged with seven felony drug charges. McKoy received a $500,000 secured bond.

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