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New Hanover deputies score big heroin bust


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Vice and Narcotics Division says a bust last night took lots of drugs and some weapons off the street.

After stopping a vehicle last night at 11th and Princess Streets, detectives found 10 bags of heroin. They arrested Leander Hands and Tamica McMillan.

Deputies also searched the couple's apartment on Taylor Street and found 260 more bags of heroin and two handguns.

The undercover detective in charge said that heroin has been a problem for our area.

"We continue to work diligently on reducing the availability of the narcotic, but it is in Wilmington, and these bags in particular with the 'NBA Kisses' and other bags that we found," the detective said. "By locating these and locating the stickers or the stamps, we're able to then kind of focus our investigation on possibly where it's coming from, but yes, heroin has been a problem in New Hanover County."

Detectives say they believe the drugs were headed north.

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