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Two people face heroin trafficking charges in a multi-agency drug operation that started with a traffic stop near Middlesex.
Farlyn Andres Suarez De Jesus, 26, and Katherine Polanco, 27, both of Raleigh, were arrested and charged with trafficking heroin. Nash County deputies teamed up with Wilson police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents to investigate the pair.
On Feb. 6, deputies conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 264 East just past Exit 27, said Wilson police Capt. Jeff Boykin. That stop led to the seizure of 30 bricks of heroin, he said.
That traffic stop also led authorities to a Raleigh apartment where officials seized an additional 17 bricks of heroin, Boykin said.
He said the operation was prompted after Wilson police officers received information that a source of heroin from Raleigh was responsible for the distribution of large quantities of heroin within the city limits.
Boykin said the investigation was significant because authorities were able to stop a large amount of heroin from coming into Wilson, Nash and surrounding counties. Boykin said the heroin was packaged as individual doses, which meant it was ready for sale and distribution.
The estimated street value of the heroin was more than $23,000, Boykin said.
Evidence photos provided by the Nash County Sheriff's Office show some individual doses of heroin stamped "Beast Mode." The term refers to having a fierce competitive edge and was popularized by Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. Some heroin dealers stamp or brand the illicit drug to differentiate it from other dealers' products.
Polanco received a $600,000 secured bond and De Jesus received a $950,000 secured bond. Both were booked into the Nash County Detention Center in Nashville.
Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said his deputies are eager to partner with other law enforcement agencies to get drugs off the streets.
"This is an example of how local and federal partnerships make our communities safer," Stone said in a Wednesday news release. "The Nash County Sheriff's Office is committed to partnering with other agencies to stop the sale of illegal narcotics, to better our communities and the quality of life for all citizens."