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3 charged with heroin trafficking in Edgecombe County

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) - The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office announced Friday two separate heroin trafficking busts.

In one, 31-year-old Antoine Staton was arrested for trafficking heroin from his residence near Southwest Edgecombe High School, officials said.

The release said that about two weeks before his arrest, Staton had moved into a residence at 5521 N.C. 43 in Pinetops, which is about a half mile from the school.

Edgecombe County Narcotics Agents had arrested several people near Staton's prior location on Clark Street in Rocky Mount, the release said. 

Staton was arrested Thursday after a search warrant resulted in the seizure of about 250 individual bags of heroin, deputies said.

There was also about four grams of raw, unpackaged heroin, according to a news release.

"Stamps and other paraphernalia showed that Staton was using this residence to package and process the heroin for sale," the release said.

The street value of the heroin was estimated at about $6,000. A handgun, which had been reported stolen, was also seized, the release said. 

Staton is charged with two counts of level 1 trafficking of heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possessing a stolen firearm. He is being held under a $225,000 secured bond, the release said.

Officials also announced the arrests of two others in a separate news release. Christopher Holland and Amy Lynn Utley, both 32, were arrested after a traffic stop on Cokey Road in Rocky Mount.

The release said that a search revealed more than 300 bags of heroin packaged for sale. It was found under the driver's seat, deputies said.

Both were charged with two counts of level 1 trafficking of heroin. Both are being held under $250,000 secured bonds.

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