An eastern Lincoln County man is accused of possessing more than 50 bags of heroin inside his vehicle Tuesday night, deputies said.
Narcotics investigators stopped Nicholas William Moore’s vehicle around 8:30 p.m. as he was traveling down N.C. 16, north of Gaston County, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
The white powder heroin, separated into 51 individual plastic “baggies,” rested in plain sight inside the vehicle as narcotics investigators approached the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies estimated the combined weight of the substance to be near 5 grams.
The 21-year-old driver, a resident of 4319 Sailview Drive in Denver, was charged in the incident with one felony count each of trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance.
Deputies filed an additional misdemeanor charge against Moore for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
The suspect has since posted a $40,000 and been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.
Over the last three years, officers said they have continued to apprehend drug suspects traveling down N.C. 16 and U.S. 321, both populous highways connecting Lincoln to surrounding counties.
In addition, every heroin offender investigators have stopped and arrested along N.C. 16 since 2010, when Sheriff David Carpenter took office, have stemmed from the Charlotte area, according to an agency press release issued Wednesday afternoon.
In the release, Lt. Jason Reid, head of the Narcotics Unit, referred to the roadways as a “pipeline for controlled substances to and through Lincoln County.”
Along with white powder heroin, deputies have seen a rise in the “black tar” variety, they said.