WHA: Gang heroin bust a sign of residents helping fight crime
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says six gang members are in jail charged in a heroin ring. The head of the Wilmington Housing Authority says it's part of an effort to make the community safer.

NHSO spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says in a news release the investigation intro heroin trafficking by validated members of the Blood gang started in November in partnership with Wilmington Police and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. The operation focused on Bloods and their associates getting large quantities of heroin from other states and later transporting, manufacturing and distributing this heroin in the Creekwood Housing Community and adjacent neighborhoods.

Brewer says Tuesday officers arrested the six men and executed a search warrant at 314 North 30th Street. Investigators found approximately 2,600 wax bindles of heroin, a small amount of cocaine and several thousand dollars.

Wilmington Housing Authority Board Chair Jeff Hovis says busts like this are directly linked to resident involvement.

"More police presence is great, but the residents are getting involved," Hovis said. "Residents are reporting illegal activity, and the thing is the amount of illegal activity is dissipating out of our area."

In an effort to continue to cleaning up WHA properties Hovis says the agency has evicted 20 residents with criminal ties with dozens more potentially on the way.

Jermaine Rogers, 35, was arrested for Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Heroin by Transportation, Trafficking Heroin by Sale, Trafficking Heroin by Delivery, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Heroin, Maintaining a Dwelling/Vehicle and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Rogers received a $50,000 secured bond.

Kwintell McLucas, 22, was arrested for Trafficking Heroin by Possession (2 Counts), Trafficking Heroin by Transportation, Trafficking Heroin by Sale, Trafficking Heroin by Delivery, Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Heroin (2 Counts), Maintaining a Dwelling/Vehicle and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 Counts). McLucas received a $1 million secured bond.

Desmond Hines, 25, was arrested for Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Heroin by Transportation, Trafficking Heroin by Sale, Trafficking Heroin by Delivery, Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hines received a $1 million secured bond.

Keyshaun Flowers, 21, was arrested for Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Heroin by Transportation, Trafficking Heroin by Sale, Trafficking Heroin by Delivery, Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Flowers received a $1 million secured bond.

Rakeem Wilson, a one-time basketball standout at New Hanover High School, 25, was arrested for Trafficking Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Heroin by Transportation, Trafficking Heroin by Sale, Trafficking Heroin by Delivery, Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Wilson received a $1 million secured bond.

Darren Zanders Sr. was arrested for Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine, Manufacture Cocaine, Maintaining a Dwelling/Vehicle and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Zanders Sr. received a $2,000 secured bond.

Rogers and Zanders bonded out of jail.

In an unrelated investigation, deputies charged Abdul Ramont McKoy Wednesday with trafficking heroin. Investigators executed a search warrant at 115 South 9th St. Apt A. They found 120 bags of heroin. McKoy is charged with seven felony drug charges. He is in jail under $500,000 secure bond.

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should be conducted for residents living in Creekwood and other government funded or subsidized housing. That is the only way to control the drug dealing, buying and selling of drugs and the violence that goes with it.

...if their (the dealers) competition snitched on them, and not neighborhood residents. Nothing worse than competition...and all of a sudden the neighbors are speaking out after years of silence and fear??
Hold off on the "Back Patting" Chief. Not just yet. One of these dealers will be released into the world again on bond, and out to get revenge...I'm sure.

You can fix it. Anyone caught selling out of their homes or providing the house for drug deals or selling, not only lose their home, but are put on a list so that they can no longer receive benefits.

Anyone caught dealing and prosecuted for it, are not allowed back in - period. Anyone supporting them are out - period.

Perhaps this will teach the residents to police their own - and report any illegal activity.

Did these gentlemen get bused together,if so why is it that the Rogers fellow that has pretty much the same charge as a couple of the others received a much less bond,an why hast anybody been charge with being in the school zone which I'm sure you know there are 3 but 2 are different with in the 1000 feet range,plz respond,this way people don't have to wonder what makes HIM SPECIAL.

Could be that he is cooperating with the authorities and is less of a flight risk.

Why not charge them with attempted manslaughter, Mr DA?........isn't there enough evidence that a heroin death pandemic is happening?...or if that's to HARSH on first time offenders then test the heroin and depending on if the heroin is laced depends on the manslaughter charge.....What cha think Mr.DA?.......

The Police hardly ever even need to go into Echo Farms, and a dozen other areas, like it. That are far more populated then Creekwood. Nothing hardly ever happens in those areas. And they pay tons in taxes.

Then we have Creekwood. Which is like a little Detroit. And all we do is throw millions and millions of tax dollars into it. Paying 16 year old girls to have babies. Out of wedlock. It is so unfair to the larger community, that foots the bill. And the children, of Creekwood, who grow up, under such horrible circumstances.

The only people who benefit are the welfare queens, and the dope dealers. And I bet they are all out of jail, by now, and back to selling.

I have made it a practice not to get into a debate on the issue brought by the media, but I really welcome constructive advice.

As a Volunteer Board Member, I am involved because I care about our community. Spending the amount of time that I do in addition to the other volunteer board members, we see the issues at hand. I welcome any one with a plan of action to present it. We do not have all the answers.

Do things need to be better, yes. Are we working around the clock to try to improve the situation, yes. Do we have all the answers, no.

It is really easy to sit on the slide lines and judge. Sit across the table from a 6 or 7 year old child that has to deal with drugs, crime and hoping they will eat. People do abuse the system and the system needs to be moved in a different direction. I have personally meet so many of the residents that do all they can to make a better life for their children and themselves.

People say why spend the money, just close the property, the system is broke. You are entitled to that opinion, but you need to back it up with a solution. That solution should state what is the problem at hand, how you will implement a solution, how you will pay for the implementation, how you will monitor the process and how you will evaluate your plan. I am not ready to live somewhere that we do not help other. People will always need help and we need to work toward a solution to promote self sufficiency. I do not hide behind a username, I provide my email and name. I welcome your impute. Thank you. Jeff Hovis

All too often, the very people who we would most like to hear from never even bother to publicly address the issue at hand. You did otherwise, and I respect that.

Yes, it is easier to judge from the sidelines. Keeping raw unpleasantness at arms length always feels better. Having said that, it also makes it easier at times to see things more objectively.

Sometimes the solution turns out to be as simple as realizing that there just isn't a solution, no matter how much you want one. Also, not every solution involves a determination of how its implementation will be paid for. Sometimes, solutions are impossible to achieve regardless of financial consideration. Throwing even more and more money at the public housing problem has not worked. Sure, throwing more money at the problem, has helped a few individuals but has created an even larger problem with even more people to help. You'll never reach the point where you're helping the majority of those involved and the problem will just continue to get even bigger. Forever. Empirical data, not conjecture has proven that.

I too don't want to live in a world where we don't help others. Unfortunately, reality always trumps our want lists and will always win the hand. Those who fail to acknowledge that will find themselves in an endless game of Whac-A-Mole. No matter how hard they try, the moles will keep popping up. Sometimes, the only real solution is to unplug the game

Lets do a complete package.
Armed guards in a shack with electronic guardgate swipe access cards issued to the residents. Publicly state, that you will photograph, all cars (license plate) that come and go ala Wrightsville Beach. Patrol the area with both guards and Wilmington PD. Put security camera's on light poles to monitor public streets and have the city/county place shotspotter microphones in the area.
Then continue with curfews, surprise inspections etc.....

Vog

Ok.. Long ago churches helped support the needy in their parish. Bulldoze the projects, sell the (Valuable!) land and divide the profits amongst the area churches to be earmarked for helping those truly in need. I would like to think they would do a better job of it than politicians but it'd be hard to do any worse!

A knee jerk reaction and senseless; I apologise to you and the well meaning residents of the projects. Something has to be done and I really don't know what either.. I don't envy your job at all and TY for reaching out and trying. With effort maybe something can be done to reduce/eliminate this problem without uprooting everyone else.

...wouldn't be effective? Horse-freekin'-hooie!!! Then tell me something. Why is all of the drug trafficking around the public housing developments? Why do the gangs concentrate on the public housing developments? Why are there so many shootings around public housing developments?

One BIG answer...DRUGS! If the market wasn't there, the dealers wouldn't be there trying to unload it all the time. Amazing how the working person has to be drug tested to earn the money to pay for the welfare recipients way in life, but they don't have to prove themselves clean to get the benefits. Just another double standard! Keeping them poor and keeping them stupid garners votes for the democrats...

Wilson went and played one year of college basketball and never returned to school....Wilson is a victim of his upbringing and environment....He lost his father to the streets while he was a very young man and lost all guidance.....

Regardless of upbringing there comes a time in everyone's life when they become responsible for the choices they make. Having made it to college, he cannot blame his upbringing for his choices. He had more opportunities than a lot of the people in his community and he blew it.

I hope your being a sarcastic!! How is that this guy's upbringing lead him to College and Jail?? It didn't, his choices in life did. All i hear are excuses and "He was such a great guy". Many young men are raised without parents and the majority i would guess are not out gangbanging and selling poison to your children. This man made it to college and played in organized sports that consist of teamates and coaches, one of the best support systems you could have!! You know in college there is a such thing as Professor, GUIDANCE COUNSLERS, and many other individuals that could be looked up to as role model and mentors. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THIS YOUNG MAN NEEDED GUIDANCE!! Instead these men CHOSE to gangbang and commit crimes. BOO HOO same old excuses and pointing the blame is not going to solve the issue. These guys most likely don't pay taxes, profit from poisoning our children, have multiple "Baby Mamas" that they don't help out, steal our hard earned tax money, Rob, shoot, kill, assualt both men and females, sell your daughters into prostitution and take advantage of your young boys. The list could go on and on. And all i ever hear is these men have rights and should be treated fairly. BS!!!! These animals should have no rights or freedoms. This arrest is not helping the stop the violance or helping out our law abiding citizens. These guys have records a mile long. They have already been arrested. Abdul Mckoy was a habitual criminal 15 years ago. I know i used to live right next to him. What will help solve the issue is inforcing the laws we already have and longer sentences for gang members. If your a member of a violent gang then your guns rights should be stripped and punishment should be more. I'm tired of reading all these PLEA bargians and low sentences for these guys. They will most likely be out a few years and rob, murder, and sell drugs AGAIN. This is our wonderful AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM where you can get more time for "stealing" from the government then murdering, raping, and poisoning our population!!!!

"Wilson is a victim of his upbringing and environment."

Horse-squeeze! Wilson isn't a victim...no one held a gun to his head and forced him sell drugs. Actions have consequences.

Wilson had all the tools he needed to be somebody, including talent. He is a lazy, greedy criminal looking for fast money without having to put an effort forth to earn it. Wilson is a victim of Wilson only. Don't attempt to blame it on anyone else!

"manufacturing and distributing this heroin in the Creekwood Housing Community and adjacent neighborhoods" .....

Yet once again, ad infinitum, and never, ever in a positive way, Creekwood is once again in the news. Not only has Creekwood become an epicenter for criminal activity of every kind, it continues to infect more and more adjacent neighborhoods with it's virulent pustulence.

Creekwood, and communities like Creekwood, are failed social attempts to provide compassion for those not able to provide adequately for themselves. The motivation was noble. The results have been an unmitigated disaster.

The empirical data is in and it is overwhelmingly irrefutable. Creekwood, and communities like Creekwood, generate far more negative consequences for society than any positive benefits acquired.

Only a society completely out of touch with reality would continue to perpetuate a failure of this magnitude.

WHA just reported crimes were way down; they were enforcing all kinds of rules and removing the criminal element from the projects.

Say it ain't so. Say that this quasi government agency is not squandering millions in tax dollars on a failed sewer.

Dress them up - split up the crimes - "you do the drugs", "you do the prostitution", "you do the protection racket", and "you run the bookies"
Whatdoyahgot?
The Mafia !!
The Families - the Crips and the Bloods.

Heck all they need is some 3 piece suits and a couple of lawyers and we got us a southern version of La Cosa Nostra.......

I's a beautiful thing........(not really)

Vog

Great assessment.

Why did we put $30 million into Creekwood. And millions more each year ? This is total insanity. The best way to stop the horrible crime problem, in Creekwood, is to cut off the Welfare. The Welfare is what's causing the problem.

The vast majority of welfare recipients use that money for needed goods like food and clothing. If you remove the welfare payments, you are really hurting the children that live in these homes who through no fault of their own live on welfare.

Certainly there is welfare abuse and fraud. That however is mere pennies compared to the theft done by the large banks in 2008. Why is the upper management of these banks not in jail? dry clean only

Do you really think they put $30,000,000 into creekwoode???? You could build 2 or 3 Creekwoods for that amount of money.

Your answer would be BO DEAN. He used his considerable political clout to lobby for that funding. Hell, when I confronted him with the obviously failed results, he still touted how proud he was about it and bragged about getting more money flushed down the toilet that is Creekwood.

To quote Albert Einstein - Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Oh and you know that thing, Liberalism, it definitely, without a doubt, is a mental disorder.

Yes, a lot of what you say is true but before you call in the bulldozers, is it possible that the residents of Creekwood were responsible for bringing these thugs to the attention of the police?

And if so, doesn't that say the residents are taking a stand against this kind of activity in Creekwood?

We may never know (nor should we know) if this was the case. I hope it is because this is exactly how to clean up Creekwood. It has to come from within and if this is what happened, I am willing to give the residents of Creekwood credit for doing what needed to be done to make their lives better and you should too.

Could it also be that residents realize they are risking eviction by harboring these people. Rarely...VERY rarely...does anyone just step forward. It is usually due to being arrested and then they squeal to save their butt. In most cases, these gang members are living with the residents. If you read the rules of living in housing, that is grounds for eviction right there. The housing authority is also complicit in this by not doing their due dilligence in allowing certain people to move in. They know that there are people residing in housing that don't belong but, they do nothing to get rid of them. I guarantee if you delve into the Facebook pages of many of the WHA employees, you will find that they are associated with many of the very gang bangers they claim to be trying to get rid of.

I would really hope so, but too little too late? I'll agree the concept of socialized housing was a good one, but from the outside it seems the bad outweighs the good. Turning the bad influences in should have started 40 years ago to prevent what we see now. :\