A traffic stop along I-40 in Sampson County has landed two Wilmington residents in jail — one on drug charges, another for outstanding warrants — and taken 38 grams of uncut heroin off the streets.
The stop occurred Tuesday near mile marker 352 in the eastbound lane of I-40.
Dapron Green, 35, of 2509 Flint Drive, Wilmington, was taken into custody and charged with trafficking heroin, maintaining a vehicle for the storage of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A passenger in the vehicle, Jaylyn High, 20, of 809 Montclair Drive, Wilmington, was discovered to have outstanding warrants against her for obtaining property by false pretense, possession of a handgun by a minor, resist, obstruct, delay, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor probation violation. Warrants were from Brunswick and New Hanover counties, and was also taken into custody
The incident began when members of the Sampson Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Team conducted a traffic stop on the interstate inside Sampson County.
Contacted this morning, Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle during the traffic stop led to a probable cause search. During the search, Smith said 38 grams of uncut heroin, with a street value of $7,600, was discovered along with 2.5 grams of marijuana. The marijuana, he said, was discovered in High’s possession. She was cited for simple possession of marijuana.
High was placed under a $7,480 bond; Green is under a $150,000 bond. Both remained in the Sampson County Detention Center this morning.
Smith said the traffic stop was yet another example of how successful the Criminal Interdiction Team has been for Sampson County.
“This is heroin that will not fall into the hands of our children,” Smith said.
In an earlier interview about heroin in Sampson, Sheriff Jimmy Thornton noted that I-40 through Sampson was often used as a mean to transport the illegal substance to the port in Wilmington. He noted then that it usually traveled to Wilmington first, was cut, packaged and then often found its way back to the county for sale.
“These traffic stops are very important in getting drugs coming through our county off the street,” he said at that time. “It usually winds up back here. If we get it first, then we keep it out of the hands of residents, particularly children.”