WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Police say he was the head of the company when it came to selling heroin, but now he's behind bars. Narcotics detectives describe Arthur Curtis King as the CEO of the Wilmington heroin supply. They say he worked his way on up just like an employee working for a big corporation.
"Here in Wilmington he would probably be the CEO," said an undercover WPD narcotics detective. "He was the main guy in Wilmington. Now where he was getting his supply from? Probably up north. You can call him the owner of the company, but down here he was the man in charge."
That former heroin CEO, though, is now behind bars. Early Monday morning Wilmington Police arrested King. The 50-year-old was driving into Wilmington with nearly a $250,000 worth of heroin.
"It's like any other job," the detective said. "It's all about contacts."
This narcotics detective, whose identity is being concealed due to her line of work, said King had put in years to become the main heroin supplier in the city.
"He's made some contacts, made some good connections to get himself into that position to move that quantity of heroin."
The detective said King was fairly low profile. Besides driving a nice car, he stayed out of the public eye. But even that did not save him from being busted for selling a powerful drug
"Unfortunately heroin is very available in Wilmington," said Pamela Morrison of Coastal Horizons Center, a center that treats drug addiction. She's seen with her own eyes that heroin is on the up and up.
"Regionally we have seen an increase in heroin use, especially among younger people," she said. "The fastest growing population is 18 to 25-year-olds."
Narcotics detectives say with King's bust, the heroin supply in Wilmington will take a drastic hit, but for how long is unclear.
"When the supply is low, the demand is high and vice-versa," the undercover detective said. "So right now the streets are dry. There are some people that are hurting, but he wasn't the only dealer in town and I'm sure someone will fill his shoes very shortly."
King remains in the New Hanover County Jail. His bond has been set at $1.5 million.