Wilmington man caught with $200k cash and 39k bags of heroin sentenced to prison

William Gethers (Photo: New Hanover Sheriff's Office)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man responsible for importing and dealing more than 5 kilograms of heroin will spend at least 12 years in federal prison.

William Gethers, 49, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 1000 grams or more of heroin, possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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According to court documents, between May and September 2019, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Vice Division made several undercover purchases from Gethers.

On September 10, 2019, detectives served a search warrant on a “stash house” in Wilmington where Gethers had approximately 39,000 bags of heroin, 9 ounces of cocaine and more than $10,000.00.

Additionally, detectives searched his residence on Prices Lane and found an additional $44,000.00 and two handguns.

During a follow up investigation, law enforcement seized an additional $148,050.00 that had been hidden in Gethers’ home and in banks accounts. The total amount of drug proceeds seized was more than a quarter of a million dollars.

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement uncovered that Gethers was responsible for importation and distribution of more than 5 kilograms of heroin.

This case was part of the OCDETF investigation “White Rabbit” focusing on a drug trafficking organizations involved in the importation of Heroin and Methamphetamine into Eastern North Carolina.