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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Three recent deaths by overdoses and arrests of accused dealers have put a spotlight on heroin in the Port City.

Wilmington Police say heroin is a problem that is always on their radar.

“Over the past couple of years we’ve seen a tremendous increase in heroin use, especially in our community in the City of Wilmington,” said a WPD narcotics officer we won’t identify due to the line work.

The officer said heroin is in demand here in the Port City. Though the drug is not always in the spotlight, on the street it’s a hot commodity.

“If these people didn’t have anyone to sell heroin to, they probably wouldn’t sell heroin, and it wouldn’t be such a huge amount of heroin coming into the city,” the officer said.

Last september Wilmington Police took down the man they say was the city’s main heroin supplier. They say Arthur Curtis King was responsible for 90 percent of the heroin out on the street.

“Here in Wilmington he would probably be the CEO,” another undercover officer told WWAY at the time of King’s arrest. “He was the main guy in Wilmington, so right now the streets are dry. There are some people that are hurting, but he wasn’t the only dealer in town. Like I said there are others who will fill his shoes.”

Despite a big bust like this one, police say the drug’s popularity quickly had others trying to fill the demand out in the street.

Police say there’s really no end in sight, and it all comes down to supply and demand.

Investigators say they can always use help from the community when it comes to drugs. Anyone with information on any type of drug problem in their neighborhood is asked to call police.

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2015 years 9 months ago

If your son wanted nothing more than to be free of his addiction, he’d be alive now, clean and sober.

It’s obvious he wanted to be high more than he wanted to kick his addiction.

Perhaps if you did view everything in life as cut and dry, black or white, right or wrong, things would have turned out differently? Had he lost everyone who he cared about him from his life, might he trully have kicked that addiction?

I sincerely believe that “unconditional love” is a great enabler of unacceptable conduct. If I know that you and the whole family will love me regardless of what I do, that opens the door for me to abuse every single one of you any time I want to.

My sincere belief is that a lot more addicts, drunks, and criminals wouldn’t be addicts, drunks, and criminals if people cast them out early on because of their behavior.

There is NOTHING more rehabilitative than being totally alone in the world with nowhere to go and no one to turn to.

2015 years 9 months ago


2015 years 9 months ago

I pray that you never have to deal with the effects of heroin in your life. I have never used it but my son died from it. He was a very good person & not vermin. It must be nice to sit there & judge ppl & lives you know nothing about. As a matter of FACT: my son hated his addiction & wanted nothing more to be free from it. My son was clean for about 11 monthes when he slipped & used & it killed him. These are ppl’s loved ones. Mother’s, fathers,children, sisters, brothers,cousins ect. You get the picture right. Human Beings in a fight for their lives.Everything is not cut & dry in life,if someone you cared about had cancer would you want to see them die.Diffrent illness but still ill,you should be ashamed.My son’s name was CODY he was 20 years old & loved by many family & friends that didn’t even know he was a addict.You just judge & don’t know what you are talking about. What is your idea of normal YOU, I think not cause to me you seem unhuman!!!

2015 years 9 months ago

Just like D-con rat poison, it eliminates the vermin.

Normal people don’t use heroin.

truthfully yours
2015 years 9 months ago

Throughout the history of heroin use and abuse in the United States, heroin overdoses have accelerated through the 1960s and 1970 while the purity of the drug has gone down significantly. According to the 1972 Consumer Union Report, Licit & Illicit Drugs, written by Edward M. Brecher, heroin overdoses only began being reported in the late 60s and early 70s despite the fact that heroin was used prior to World War II whose purity was 40x stronger. This fact lead Brecher to assert that heroin overdoses are not so much a product of too much heroin, and that other factors must contribute to overdose and death from heroin consumption.

If you Google heroin overdose, you will be educated on the facts. Users are so afraid of overdose that they take other drugs (prescription drugs) and alcohol in combination with the heroin—this is what causes the deaths.

Anyway, dead is dead—-but at least, know the truth.

2015 years 9 months ago

bs… New users don’t know any better, some old users want to end it all, and some are trying to get higher and higher..
Government studies don’t know the addict.. Just the number.
A true, visciously addicted herion addict wont use anything else other than opiates to increase their high and they usually cannot afford enough to do any damage..
That’s booklore.. numbers… Walk that life as a non-user with a good friend and his addict friends for many years for jails, institutions and then like our friend.. death… and nothing you stated makes any sense.. Copy and paste is easy unti you’ve walked the walk…
Tar is an evil drug… Yet you get less time, less of a sentence for being convicted with 5 grams of herion than you would if you got caught with 1/16th a single hit of LSD.. Eradication begins with the law.. And the law aint tough enough..

2015 years 9 months ago

We apologize,our DA is far too busy busting elderly political adversaries to worry with this issue.

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 9 months ago

I am guess you think the DA should not bother with any other crime but this one? I am also guess this so called elderly political adversarie is a friend of yours? What does age have to do with it? Crime is crime. Bust em all.

2015 years 9 months ago

All illegal drugs could have been eradicated many years ago. However, that would cause income from fines, court costs and legal fees to plummet. Not to mention lost jobs for probation officers, cops and others that provide services to convicted drug criminals. Also, like it or not, drug dealers are a big part of our economy. They buy cars, jewelry, (bling I think it is called), houses, boats…the list goes on. It could be legalized and controlled and taxed, however. Guess that wouldn’t bring in as much money as leaving them illegal.


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