Drug agents bust heroin trafficking ring

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

LELAND—A major heroin trafficking ring in Leland has been shut down after law enforcement officers arrested four men they say were involved.

Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, Leland police officers and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office drug enforcement agents ended a lengthy, multi-agency investigation with a search warrant at a Leland residence last Tuesday.

Three suspects were arrested at the Leland home; Wilmington police arrested the fourth suspect three days later in Wilmington.

After drug agents executed the search warrant at a mobile home park on Lanvale Road, they seized 203 bindles of heroin, which carry a street value of more than $4,000.

Agents also seized $2,000 in cash and various drug paraphernalia.

The suspects were involved with trafficking heroin from Wilmington to Leland and all areas in between, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

Following the search warrant, these suspects were arrested and charged:

•Hakeem Abimbola Gamu, 29, of 4521 Sagedale Drive, Wilmington; charged with three counts of trafficking heroin, one count of conspiracy to traffic heroin, one count of manufacturing heroin and one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin.

•Jamar Drakeford, 27, of Deer Meadows Mobile Home Park, Lot. 2, Leland; charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Anthony Devon Jamison, 17, of 12 Stoney Road, Castle Hayne; charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The fourth suspect, Jimmy Drakeford, who was not arrested at the residence, was arrested after a traffic stop in Wilmington around 10 p.m. Friday. Drakeford has been charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin.

At press time Tuesday, Drakeford was in custody at the New Hanover County Detention Center on a $110,000 bond.

Caroline Curran is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at ccurran@brunswickbeacon.com.