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A major heroin trafficking ring in Leland has been shut down after law enforcement officers arrested three men they say were involved. A fourth suspect is still wanted.
Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, Leland Police officers and New Hanover County Drug Enforcement Agents ended a lengthy, multi-agency investigation with a search warrant at a Leland residence Tuesday, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
According to the release, after executing the search warrant at a mobile home park on Lanvale Road, drug agents 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, the press release states.
The following suspects have been arrested and charged following the search warrant:
•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 manufacture 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.
A fourth suspect, Jimmy Drakeford, who was not arrested at the residence, is still wanted. Drakeford is wanted for conspiracy to traffic heroin and police say he is armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about Drakeford’s whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.
For more on this story, pick up next week’s issue of the Beacon.