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Heroin dealer sentenced to 11 years in prison

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A convicted heroin dealer will spend more than a decade in prison. A federal judge sentenced Arthur Curtis King, 51, of Wilmington to 11 years behind bars.

King pleaded guilty last year to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Wilmington Police arrested King in September 2010 after a long investigation. Prosecutors say King brought heroin from New York to Wilmington and provided it to gang members to sell. Investigators say King was responsible for distributing at least 25,000 bags of heroin.

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Heroin Dealers are also Murders

Five months ago I lost my Son to and Overdose of Heroin, The pain is unbearable, As a Mother who dealt with my Sons addiction for 18 years...I never gave up hope on him. He Graduated The Drug Court Program and had been clean for two years and just decided on Dec. 13th 2011 to go and use. These Drug Dealers don't realize that what they are doing is destroying the entire family Unit. My 17year old Grandson lost his Father as well as I lost my Son. These thugs that deal drugs should get life in Prison without Parole.Maybe even the Death sentence when a person dies from the drugs that they sale.My Prayer is to see the penalty for Drug Dealers to become more harsh. However the majority gets a slap on the wrist and sent out to continue saleing Drugs! I personally see a problem with that... The DEA works hard at trying to take these Murder/ Theives off of the street and I really appeciate them. however it is a losing battle!!!Until the Courts get harder on these thugs nothing will ever change.One other thing I would like to mention is the Drug Court Program...they help many people to get clean and become Law Abiding Citizens.It is a hard course to get through but it has a sucsessful rate for many...It's what these folks choose to do after completing the program!

I see what you're saying but...

I realize that it would be hard for someone who lost a child or loved one due to an overdose, but it's hard for me not to blame that person. I've had dealings with these substances in the past and I can tell you it's not as much the person you buy it from as much as it is yourself. The guy you get it from is of no concern to you doing it..once you've made the choice to do it..you'll do it. It doesn't matter who you get if from as long as you get it. I'm sorry for the choices your son made, I've known many that made those choices. The dealers didn't call him, he called them and begged for it. Once you make the choice to let that evil substance into your life, you reap the consequences. I wish that they could stop people from selling it though, that would hinder people from ever trying it to begin with. There is a real problem however on a much larger scale than the local level with these drugs. It has been exposed that the CIA did run drugs during the Iran Contra affair to fund the contras. That was cocaine, however the troops today have secured the poppy fields in Afghanistan so production will continue. There are some higher up's in the government who allow and some who help the drug trade for their benefit. There are also many who fight it. History shows however, that there are elements in our own government that help other governments make sure their drugs are sold here in the US. So it's not so much the black guy on the street corner who manufactured the heroin, shipped it to the US and so on, but he is the lowest member in the organisation. To stop the drug trade you would have to stop it from leaving the other countries or stop it from ever being produced. Politics doesn't always allow that....Just something to think about...