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BOLIVIA—Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit have arrested four suspects in connection with a large-scale heroin seizure.
The suspects were arrested during a controlled traffic stop around 10 p.m. last Thursday, March 8, on U.S. 17 near Randolphville Road in Bolivia, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.
The multi-agency investigation into heroin trafficking has been ongoing for the past month, and Ingram said the investigation continues. More charges are expected.
Ingram said local drug agents worked with agents from South Carolina’s 15th Precinct Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit during the investigation.
All four suspects were arrested without incident after officers stopped a Ford Focus driven by Dezirea Trappier, 22, of Eastbrook Road, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Drug agents seized the Ford Focus, a .40-caliber handgun and $17,000 worth of heroin when during the seizure. The seized heroin included 600 bindles—or pre-packaged dosage units—of heroin and an additional 10 grams of heroin.
In addition to Trappier, the following suspects were arrested.
Terrance McFadden, 23, of 60 West Cottonwood St., Andrews, S.C.; Thomas Alexander Murphy, 28, of 14th Avenue, Conway, S.C.; and Latisha Green, 21, of 209 Dunesberry St., Georgetown, S.C.
McFadden has an extensive criminal history in South Carolina, including assault, armed robbery and weapons charges, Ingram said.
All four suspects were charged with three counts each of trafficking heroin. Each count of trafficking heroin carries a sentence of 18-23 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections, making it the most serious narcotics offense in the state, Ingram said.
Each suspect remains in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $1 million secured bond each.
Ingram said he hopes the seizure will slow down the heroin trade in Brunswick County.
Caroline Curran is a staff writer at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @cgcurran.