Feds take over drug bust investigation
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputies made a big drug bust last night. After a two-month undercover investigation, deputies seized more than 45 pounds of marijuana, stolen weapons and money. Deputies say the drugs were worth more than $100,000.

William Banister, 47, is charged with multiple counts of drug and weapon offenses, including trafficking marijuana. Federal investigators are now handling the case because drugs and firearms were involved.

Bannister is in the New Hanover County jail under a $1.5 million bond.

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oh yeah pookie is a great guy selling drugs to kill people,i hear he's from nyc let him take his drug selling ass back to nyc we don't need it here. i hope he gets a lot of time.

I'm sure he is a great guy and all his homies, err, I mean customers will start posting how he don't never hurt nobody an shouldn't be punished because he made a mistake.

U DONT EVEN NOW WILL AKA POOKIE HE IS A SWEET CINCERE MAN AND WULDNT HURT A FLY U R JUST JELUS CUZ HE B MAKIN PAPER Y U GOTTA TALK BOUT SUM1 U DONT EVEN NOW. WAT IS UP WIT U PEOPLE ALWAYS HATIN ON US JUST CAUZ U AINT EVER BEEN ARESTED OR SHOT AT OR ACUZED OF RAPE. WAT MAKES U SO HIGH N MITY ANYWAY?

He not be makin' paper, he be making license plates! My attempt to talk "ghetto" & "hood" to keep it real. I'm not sure that I'm really "mity" I must admit. Good attempt at being a troll.

yes that's what make us special because we never been arrested for selling drugs,rapeing etc. you really don't know nothing about him either where did he come from before he lived there if he came from somewhere?? see u don't really know him. if he was a good respectful guy he wouldn't be selling drugs,guns etc.

Oh yeah, if you and Pookie are getting shot at, you're probably into some shi** you shouldnt be in to. Accused of rape? Yeah most people are smartenough not to put themselves into a situation as such to be accused of a "babys mama" rape incident. Yeah, you are sooooo right.... Us law abiding citizens dont know sh**.......

He is a great guy trafficking drugs in the Wilmington area. Maybe he should be up for citizen of the year. Heck, lets erect a statue of him at the foot of Front and Water St.
Keep blazing these dope dealing low lifes Sheriff. We need more of this.

Amazing this house is just a few blocks from my parents house. I'm glad the Sheriff's dept is going after these dope dealers.
Sheriff McMahon keep up the good work. You were my SRO in high school. I'm glad to see your the Sheriff.

As a resident living near this house, I want to thank you Sheriff McMahon and your detectives for busting this guy. Our children don't need this near them. I hope he goes to prison for the guns and drugs for a long time.
Thanks again.