Joint effort busts heroin ring


From Staff Reports

Friday, February 15, 2019

A joint operation between the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the Wilson Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration resulted in the arrest of two Raleigh residents and the seizure of 47 bricks of heroin.

The arrests took place on Feb. 6, according to statement released this week by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

This operation started from information received by Wilson police that a source of heroin from Raleigh was responsible for the distribution of large quantities of heroin within the Raleigh city limits, according to the press release. This operation resulted in 30 bricks of heroin being seized from a vehicle operated by Kathrine Polanco and Faryln Andres Suarez de Jesus that was stopped by Nash County deputies. An additional 17 bricks of heroin were seized from a residence in Raleigh after the execution of a search warrant. 

Kathrine Polanco, 27, was arrested and subsequently charged with two counts of trafficking in opium/opiate/opioid/heroin and one count of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place. Polanco received a $600,000 secured bond.

Faryln Suarez de Jesus, 26, was arrested and subsequently charged with two counts of trafficking in opium/opiate/opioid/heroin. He received a $950,000 secured bond.

Both suspects had their first court appearance on Feb. 7 in District Court in Nashville.

Polanco and Suarez de Jesus remain incarcerated in the Nash County Detention Center, the press release said.

Wilson Police Chief Thomas Hopkins said in the release that the success of the operation was the result of cooperation between agencies and area residents.

“The success of an operation of this magnitude is not possible without the support and assistance of our citizens. We will utilize all available resources and continue the strong partnerships with our local, state and federal agencies to stop the illegal distribution of drugs in our communities,” Hopkins said. “With the combination of our efforts and teamwork we are able to work across jurisdictional boundaries to bring those responsible for the illegal distribution of drugs to justice.”

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone agreed. 

“This is an example of how local and federal partnerships make our communities safer. 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 improve the quality of life for all citizens,” Stone said.