Deputies bust 'major heroin ring'

35-year-old Michael Strickland McNatt, 38-year-old Reggie Lamar Raynor (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

March 10, 2010 10:19:28 AM PST
Cumberland County deputies say they've broken up what they're calling a 'major heroin ring.'

Deputies, Fayetteville Police Officers, State Burea of Investigation and State Alcohol agents raided three homes on Sanderosa Road, a thrift shop on Cumberland Road and another home off Riley Road.

"There is a great need for a strong drug enforcement between the city and the county in the county, because you know drugs is so plentiful," Sheriff Earl Moose Butler said.

The county sheriff deputies and city police officers worked together for six months to bring down what they call one of the biggest heroin distribution centers ever in Cumberland County.

"From the ground level up it was nothing but open lines of communications, and when you talk about hitting numerous places at the same time that's a lot of co-ordination a lot of precision and overall good team effort," Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine said.

More than 3,000 doses of heroin with a street value of over $300,000 were seized. Moonshine, handguns, video poker machines, marijuana and a stolen utility trailer were also confiscated in the raid.

Charged in the raid were 35-year-old Michael Strickland McNatt, 38-year-old Reggie Lamar Raynor and 37-year-old Michella Rena McNeill.

All three suspects will be charged with trafficking heroin.

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