Wayne County drug bust yields $7 million in heroin

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Gabriel Mancilla Ribera
Gabriel Mancilla Ribera

MOUNT OLIVE, North Carolina (WTVD) -- A man was arrested in what's being called one of the biggest heroin busts ever in Wayne County.

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On Monday, members of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit and DEA Raleigh Resident Office executed a search warrant in the 4500 block of Emmaus Church Road in Mount Olive.

Investigators seized approximately 5 kilograms (10 pounds) of pure heroin with an estimated street value of $7 million.

Gabriel Mancilla Ribera, 46, of the 200 block of Coy Smith Road in Albertson, NC, was charged with one count of trafficking heroin.

"This is one of the largest heroin seizures in Wayne County history," Wayne County Sheriff Larry Pierce said.

The amount of heroin seized would generate approximately 250,000 individual dosage units, the sheriff's office said.

Mancilla's secured bond was set at $1.5 million.