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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A citizen’s tip led to an investigation and drug bust of three men including one recently released inmate.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that possible drug activity was going to take place with Vasthi Baptist, who was recently released from the New Hanover County Detention Facility.

The Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Detectives began their investigation of Baptist. Detectives observed him getting into a gold Nissan sedan. They decided to investigate further when they saw two other men in the vehicle begin to move around.

When detectives approached the car, the men tried to swallow packages. Officers quickly detained the three men and began to search them.

20 bags of heroin were recovered from Sharif Craig, one bag was recovered from Baptist and the driver, Hezekiah Nixon IV was in possession of 29 bags of heroin and 16 bags of marijuana.

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  • Guestenheimer

    Baptist already has 12 FELONY convictions involving drugs and assault to his credit. Nice fella! Why is this criminal allowed back into society to commit more crime like this? Thank you judge! Thank you DA! You’re both doing one heck of a job with NOT protecting society and NOT upholding the LAW! Nixon is a Fresh criminal. He only has 2 felonies and 2 misdemeanors. He likes to steal property from the state and traffic narcotics. Give the poor thugg another ten chances. Sharif only has 13 FELONY convictions to include drug trafficking, fireams possession by a FELON, assaults and concealed weapons charges. In addition to a host of midemeanors! We actually have to wonder why we have gun related violence? THIS IS THE REASON, RIGHT HERE! But the judges and the DA’s want to “train the schools” and instill new gun bans, not really fix the problem and keep scum like this out of society!!!

  • anne

    But yet – if one of these clowns gets shot or killed while going about his regular criminal activities, the family would be demanding that something be done because their good little boy was harmless

    To all the attorneys and judges who have continually let any of them out on the street, it is time for the citizens to demand answers on why

  • Guest Reply

    That will get them 3 months in jail…each!

  • Mike081990

    No I think you are mistaken. 3 months is the sentence for a convicted child molester.

  • forget you

    man you all act like these men did such terrible crimes. they are not like the lunatic who shot the theatre up, or the old man who took the 5 year old boy hostage, the zimmerman guy who mirdered an innocent teen out of racial discrimination. THOSE ARE CRIMINALS…. im sure u people must think those bags of heroine will just go out on their own and murder people… no!!! a.s.s holes… the drug addicts are killing theirselves!!!… i guess u can start charging psychiatrist too for selling prescription opiates to drug addicts right!!!! and the insurance pays for it.. same deal as on the streets.. yeah the pharmacucal business are the biggest drug dealers.


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