A South Carolina man is behind bars after a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in southern Nash County during which deputies found he had on board slightly more than an ounce of heroin, nearly two ounces of the drug Fentanyl, nearly an ounce of marijuana, 23 pills of the drug ecstasy and a 9 mm handgun, authorities said.
Not only that, the man, Anthony Cyquan Herring, 38, of Orangeburg, was found to have two small children with him as passengers, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Herring was speeding south in a Nissan Armada SUV when he was halted at approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday in the area of mile-marker 126, which is just south of the interchange with N.C. 97, the sheriff’s office said.
Herring is wanted by authorities in South Carolina and Connecticut on drug-related charges and an intense criminal history, the sheriff’s office said.
Herring is charged in Nash County with two counts of trafficking in heroin.
Herring also is charged in Nash County with possession of ecstasy, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Herring was charged as a result of being halted by the Nash County sheriff’s Highway Interdiction Team.
The team is assigned to patrol I-95 and other highways in the county in order to prohibit the transporting of illegal drugs and other criminal activity in the county.
Herring was jailed under a $500,000 secured bond in the Nash County Detention Center.
The two children were taken to the sheriff’s office and kept there until family members from out of state could arrive to get them.
Fentanyl is similar to morphine but is anywhere from 50 to 100 times more potent and typically is used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery.
Ecstasy is both a hallucinogen and a stimulant and generally is known as a club drug, with club drugs tending to be used by teens and young adults at bars, concerts and parties.