Vance sheriff’s office makes holiday heroin bust

JANUARY 5, HENDERSON - A December 28 traffic stop in the community of Gilburg led to the arrest of a man who now faces heroin trafficking and other charges, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office says.

Tyquaveon Williams, 20, was released on $75,000 guaranteed bail after deputies charged him with two counts of heroin trafficking, maintaining a motor vehicle for use in drug dealing, carrying a concealed weapon and simple possession of marijuana.

Announcing the arrest, the sheriff’s office stated that Williams was operating a 2016 Honda Accord when he was pulled over, and was driving with a suspended license.

The press release said the investigator “faced circumstances” that gave him probable cause to search the vehicle and its occupant.

Details are still unclear. “One thing led to another that gave them the opportunity to search the vehicle,” said Sheriff Curtis Brame.

The search yielded “seven blocks” of heroin that the sheriff’s office judged to be the equivalent of 350 doses of opium.

Deputies also found “a small amount of marijuana”, brass knuckles and US currency.

There was no word on the combined weight of the seven bricks. North Carolina’s controlled substance law doesn’t include a definition of what constitutes a dose of heroin, but says trafficking involved at least four grams of it.

Contact Ray Gronberg at [email protected] or by phone at 252-436-2850.