WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A man is facing several drug and gun-related charges following a substantial heroin bust Monday.
The Joint Heroin Task Force, consisting of authorities from the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriff’s offices along with the ATF, conducted a traffic stop on Reginald Sharif Albert, 33, also known as “Two,” near Castle Street.
During the traffic stop, detectives located 500 bags of heroin in the center console of Albert’s vehicle.
As a result of the traffic stop, detectives conducted additional searches at a residence in the Houston Moore Apartment Complex and a residence in the 600 block of Wright Street.
Detectives seized 11 grams of raw heroin, 200 bags of packaged heroin, and a stolen motorcycle during the searches. Four rifles and two handguns, one of which was stolen, were also confiscated.
“This was a substantial, large heroin bust for the sheriff’s offices, both Brunswick County and New Hanover County,” Lieutenant Jerry Brewer said. “Being able to work together on this task force, really able to pull investigative tools and information, we’re able to make this arrest and get that 700 bags off the streets and the potential 700 more bags of pure heroin that they were able to bust along with these weapons as well.”
Albert was charged with 4 counts of trafficking heroin, possession of a stolen firearm, 2 counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, and 2 counts of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for a controlled substance.
Authorities said the heroin bags are worth about $28,000.
Officials say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely.