Joint effort leads to three drug arrests

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office performed joint investigations with North Carolina Probation and Parole, New Hanover Sheriff’s Office, Bladen/Columbus Task Force, Elizabethtown Police and Bladenboro Police departments into individuals on probation. In January, that investigation led to three arrests.

“We try to work with our adjoining counties to curb the sale of drugs,” said Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. “What we are finding is drug dealers from inland counties are traveling to Wilmington, Brunswick County beaches and South Carolina beaches like Myrtle Beach to sell Heroin. These dealers go where the demand is highest.”

On Jan. 14, Thomas Streeter, 29, of Garland was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule VI (marijuana) controlled substance, sell a Schedule VI controlled substance, deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance, manufacture a Schedule VI controlled substance, maintain a dwelling to sell controlled substance and possession of a stolen firearm.

Streeter received a bond of $101,000.

On Jan. 29, Terrance Clyburn, 42, of Clarkton was arrested after a four-month investigation of heroin trafficking in three counties and charged with trafficking heroin by possession, trafficking heroin by sale, trafficking heroin by delivery, trafficking heroin by manufacture and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle to sell a controlled substance. Investigators seized approximately 1,000 dosage units of heroin, commonly referred to on the street as “bindles.”

Bond for Clyburn was set at $200,000.

In a separate investigation, Chester Baldwin, 58, of Clarkton was arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine, His bond was set at $50,000.

“By working together, we can pool our manpower and resources and get more of these dealers identified and off the streets,” McVicker said. “There is a national epidemic of heroin abuse in this country and southeastern North Carolina is not immune. We are seeing a big increase in heroin mainly because it costs less than prescription drugs like Percocet, oxycodone and others.”
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