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New Hanover Deputies make arrest in heroin investigation


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County deputies say a three-week investigation that led to the discovery of more than $20,000 worth of heroin. WWAY was the only Wilmington media outlet on the scene of yesterday's traffic stop that led to the arrest of 41-year-old Lonnie Stevenson of Cary.

Undercover officers found the heroin in Stevenson's car. The investigation led them to a Wilmington home where they found more heroin.

Investigators say this arrest is a big one, and they're glad they made it.

"It's significant any time you take one bag off the street. That may be the one bag that kills somebody, or that might be the one bag that hooks somebody on this junk," Capt. David Ciamillo said. "But when you get 1,000 bags, that's significant, and you're talking about moving a large quantity off the street."

In all investigators found more than 14 grams of uncut heroin as well as drug paraphernalia.

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Way to go NHC Sherriffs

Way to go NHC Sherriffs office!!!! Thank you for all you guys do!!!

Let's hear the excuses

He be a good guy. He work on yo car for free when you don't haves any money. The sheriff's department and this TV station be making him look like a bad guy. He was only hauling some heroin that kills people. If he be white, they would have not done this to hims.

Heroin bust

I appreciate all the work done by the Sheriff and his people arresting these folks bringing heroin into Wilmington. I've taken notice and have seen the arrests on tv and the newspaper. Keep it up Sheriff and stay safe out there men and women of law enforcement.