13 pounds of fentanyl worth $2M seized in Wilmington drug bust, officials say

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Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Gang Task Force arrested three men and seized over $2 million worth of the deadly opioid fentanyl during a raid at a Wilmington home earlier this week.

“As far as we can tell, this is one of the largest seizures in the state,” said New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon.

Nearly 13 pounds of fentanyl with an estimated street value of over $2 million was found inside a home in the 1400 block of Kornegay Avenue in the Creekwood North community.

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Marijuana, heroin, and drug paraphernalia was also found in the home.

According to sheriff’s office officials, detectives received tips that heroin was being sold at a home.

During the next several months, undercover detectives made several controlled purchases of the heroin from the home and on Wednesday executed a search warrant at the residence.

Authorities said the mixture of fentanyl seized could produce hundreds of thousands of bags for sale.

“What we seem to be finding is the dealers are putting more of the fentanyl and less of the heroin and we believe that’s one of the main reasons we’re having people overdosing and dying on this stuff,” McMahon said.

Three people were taken into custody during the raid.

Wednesday’s bust is easily the largest fentanyl seizure in New Hanover County history. Earlier this year, the sheriff’s office confiscated 3.3 pounds of the opioid from a home on Flint Drive in Wilmington. That raid was the previous record.

William McIntire was charged with:

  •     Possession of Marijuana up to one half ounce
  •     Possession of drug paraphernalia
  •     Maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance
  •     Maintaining dwelling for a controlled substance
  •     Manufacture a schedule II controlled substance
  •     Possess of heroin
  •     Conspire to traffic opium/heroin (2 counts)
  •     Trafficking opium/heroin (2 counts)
  •     Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance
  •     Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin

Charles Batts was charged with:

  •     Possession of a controlled substance in jail
  •     Possess of heroin
  •     Possession of drug paraphernalia
  •     Maintaining dwelling for a controlled substance
  •     Possession of marijuana
  •     Possession of marijuana paraphernalia
  •     Conspire to traffic opium/heroin (2 counts)
  •     Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance
  •     Manufacture a schedule II controlled substance
  •     Trafficking in opium/heroin (2 counts)

Wanda Moore was charged with:

  •     Maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance
  •     Possess of heroin
  •     Possession of Marijuana up to one half ounce
  •     Possession of drug paraphernalia
  •     Conspire to traffic opium/heroin (2 counts)
  •     Trafficking in opium/heroin (2 counts)
  •     Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance
  •     Manufacture a schedule II controlled substance

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