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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say $150,000 of heroin never made it to the Port City’s streets. Investigators say this latest drug bust has made a huge dent in the local drug trade.

The 7,500 bags of heroin came in from out of state to be delivered to our city’s streets.

“Unfortunately the demand is there, so the drug dealers are going to bring the heroin in, so drug busts like this are a serious step in interdicting that drug trade,” Wilmington Police spokesman Cpl. Kevin Smith said.

Undercover detectives with the Wilmington Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit say heroin is here, and it’s a big problem.

“Over the past three years, I’d say we’ve seen a significant increase in heroin in Wilmington,” said one undercover officer, who asked not to be identified. “Actually, it’s gone above and beyond crack cocaine.”

But this shipment valued will not add to that increase.

Officers explained this investigation took about two months. It wrapped up Sunday night when they seized the heroin from a van at North Kerr Avenue and MLK Parkway.

Lynwood Nelson, Cathy Mishoe and Ernesto McClain all face various trafficking charges. Wednesday night, police also arrested Carnell White.

“This was one of the most significant drug busts we’ve made in a few years, and it represents quite a dent in the drug trafficking trade here in Wilmington,” Cpl. Smith said.

Nelson, Mishoe and McClain are in jail under a $250,000 bond. White is in jail under $500,000 bond.

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