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Raid busts heroin trafficking operation

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Shown here are drugs law enforcement seized in a recent investigation leading to the arrests of Jaheed Maleek Labega, 23, and Joshua Alkeem Lynch, 29. The two are charged with trafficking in heroin.

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BY WILLIAM F. WEST
Staff Writer

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Two Rocky Mount men are facing charges of trafficking in heroin after law enforcement officers recently discovered space at a private local storage center was being used to stash a large amount of the opioid.

Jaheed Maleek Labega, 23, and Joshua Alkeem Lynch, 29, were located and arrested in connection with 216 bricks of heroin having been found at 2700 N. Wesleyan Blvd., Nash County Chief Deputy Sheriff Brandon Medina said in a press release.

The 216 bricks comprised nearly 11,000 doses of heroin, Medina said.

Labega and Lynch are due on Tuesday in District Court in Nashville.

The North Wesleyan Boulevard address is the location of Turn-Key Storage. Nash County deputies and officers of the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force on Aug. 31 followed up on a probe of the North Wesleyan Boulevard location, Medina said.

A police dog, Dako, was deployed and the dog alerted there was an odor of narcotics at unit 204, prompting law enforcement to secure a search warrant, Medina said.

In addition to the heroin, an AR-15 pistol and multiple bags containing marijuana residue were seized after the warrant was executed, Medina said.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office found out about Labega and Lynch via video surveillance footage from the storage business.

Labega, who listed an address along North Daughtry Street, was found at a residence in the 2100 block of Nancy Circle, Medina said.

Labega gave consent to a search, resulting in the confiscation of 28 doses of heroin, three pounds of marijuana, more than two-tenths of an ounce of cocaine, more than $2,500 in cash and a handgun, Medina said.

Labega was jailed under a $250,000 secured bond.

Labega is charged with one count of trafficking in heroin and two counts of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Labega also is charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lynch, who listed an address along Overton Court, was found at a residence in Wilson, Medina said.

Lynch gave consent to a search, resulting in the confiscation of about half a pound of marijuana, packaging equipment, weigh scales and a firearm, Medina said.

Lynch was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond.

Lynch is charged with one count of trafficking in heroin, one count of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Photographs provided by law enforcement show seized heroin having been stamped with the words “Project English” and “JOY & PAIN” and bags of marijuana accompanied with stamps with the words “MOVE THE DOUGH.”

Medina issued the press release on Thursday.

Medina extended credit to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilson Police Department for assisting with the investigation.

The Tar River Regional Task Force was established in 2016 with numerous officers from throughout the area.

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