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Federal officers arrest suspected heroin dealer

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

 

A Gaston County woman wanted for heroin possession since August was finally apprehended by U.S. Marshal’s officers Thursday night.
A Sheriff’s Office press release said that 28-year-old Karen Michelle Helms, formerly of 118 Vista Park Drive in Dallas, but who now lists a Cramerton address, was taken into custody just before 7 p.m. and charged with one felony count each of sell and deliver heroin and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin.
Helms, along with 49 other “street-level dealers,” were indicted by a grand jury on more than 90 drug-related charges in July
In August, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office initiated a drug-round up, dubbed Operation Rolling 50, seeking assistance from other law enforcement agencies in Catawba and Iredell Counties in snuffing out the wanted individuals.
A Mecklenburg County and Catawba County resident each remain at-large, authorities said. Terry Danyail Thompson, Jr., 31, who’s last known address is 4573 Burlwood Place in Catawba, N.C., is wanted for one felony count each of sell and deliver cocaine and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine. He’s also wanted on a number of charges in Catawba County, Sheriff’s Office authorities said.
In addition, Joshua Donta “Bombay” Massey, 22, of 4200 Hovis Road, Trailer 38 in Charlotte, is wanted for felony sell and deliver cocaine and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine.
Helms has since been released from Gaston County custody on a $5,000 secured bond.
The North Carolina Department of Correction website showed that Helms was convicted of misdemeanor larceny in Lincoln County in September.

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