As reported by WNCN in North Carolina, it took the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office just days to break their record for the largest fentanyl seizure to date. On one day, members of a task force seized 1,100 grams of fentanyl and less than a week later, detectives seized 1,498 grams. U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the country had over 220,000 residents as of 2015 which means between the two seizures, there was enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman, and child in the county four times over.
WWAY 3 reported on the arrest of four people while executing a search warrant on a house on McCrae Street in Wilmington on Friday, January 26, 2018 and found the 1,100 grams of fentanyl. On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, a search warrant was executed on a house on Flint Drive and found 1,498 grams of fentanyl. They also arrested Jonathan O’Brian Sweet and Randall Joye in the process.
In Sweet’s initial court appearance, the state requested his bail be set at $20 million because he was already out on bond for previous drug charges in 2017 and had one failure to appear in his record. The judge agreed with the state’s request, “Right now, I think that the $20 million mark is just the starting point.”