Deputies bust man for allegedly selling heroin out of home in Creekwood

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man they say was selling heroin out of a home in Creekwood.

According to a news release, Monday Vice/Narcotics detectives finished a two-month investigation stemming from several complaints of drugs being distributed from 705 Emory Street. Detectives executed a search warrant at the home and found heroin and marijuana along with drug paraphernalia.

Investigators arrested Charles Alexis Batts, 42, for possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle and/or dwelling. Detectives also issued Anestashala Ellerby a state citation for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Court records show Batts has other pending charges involving heroin and cocaine in New Hanover and Pender counties.

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And we the taxpayers provide his housing where he sells his drugs! Why won't Wilmington tear down its public housing and not build any more? It is ruining our beautiful city. Sure, it will mean fewer Democrat votes, but what about doing something for the law-abiding citizens for a change, Mayor Saffo?

While I agree with your sentiments regarding an individual working the system for free housing while selling drugs, there are had working persons in these homes that are not criminals or degenerates. They may be less educated and as such work remedial jobs, earning close to minimum wage, but does that mean they should be thrown on the streets? Do you think you could live off of their wages? These people work jobs that you won't to make ends meet; only the ends don't meet. To tear down all of the Wilmington projects would punish a large percentage of law-abiding citizens who reside there. Shall we eliminate the trailer parks here in town as well? Many are the white equivalent of the projects. You may not be paying for their housing, but many receive public assistance on your tax dollar. Eliminating Wilmington's public housing will solve nothing. Getting tougher on welfare fraud, gangs, and criminals will. This has been a growing problem for some time now and until recent has been ignored. Now Wilmington is left to clean up a mess that should have been dealt with a long time ago.

I completely agree. I think that if you are convicted of crime, you should no longer get benefits (ie. money stolen out of my paycheck to pay for your ability to sit around all day and sell drugs). Soon, there will be more consumers than producers and these losers won't have anyone to pay their bills. We need welfare reform: set time limits on welfare, disinsentivize having children, make employment or volunteer work mandatory, make food stamps specific to only food, make drug testing mandatory.

When the last public housing project is closed, taxes and crime will go down

OR - they'll move in next door to you and invite you over for a Sunday BBQ. Do you seriously believe shutting down the projects will make the people move out of Wilmington?
Stupidity knows no bounds - even in news comments.

Another one of those mama's boys who never did anything wrong in his life.

If he is found guilty, kick his butt and anyone else who lived in that place out and make sure they are put on a list where they can never get section 8 or public housing again.

the only way Creekwood will ever be a decent place to live is to get all the thugs, thug wannabes and criminals and those who support them out.

The news brief states Charles Batts was selling heroin out of a home in Creekwood. It does not say out of HIS home. So, who is the tenant? A girlfriend? His baby's momma? His own momma? Since he has been arrested (and already has pending drug charges), will the tenant of this taxpayer-subsidized Creekwood residence be evicted? If not, why not?

What?!? Drugs in Creekwood?!?!? No way!!! Must have been planted by the police.

That address is one of the 'public housing' buildings in Creekwood. WHA needs to find out if he was a resident or a guest there. If he is a resident, cut all benefits and evict him. If he was a guest, cut all benefits and evict the resident.