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Authorities arrest ‘main source of heroin supply in Asheboro area’

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- Authorities on Thursday announced they had arrested the "main source of heroin supply in the Asheboro area" and "disrupted" the heroin market in the community.

Since July, vice/narcotics detectives with the Asheboro Police Department and Randolph County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating an increase in complaints related to the sale and distribution of heroin, according to a news release. Detectives have also been investigating an increase in heroin/opiate overdoses during this same time period.

After investigating, detectives identified Harry Willis Paulk, Jr. as the main source of heroin supply in the Asheboro area.

Heroin sold by Paulk tested positive for the presence of fentanyl. Fentanyl is a highly addictive and often dangerous prescription narcotic.

Detectives also identified and arrested several accomplices who were selling heroin for Paulk:

  • Justin Michael Godfrey - Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin, maintaining a place for controlled substances and conspire to sell/deliver heroin.
  • Jessica Lynn Wager - three counts possession of heroin, three counts possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin and possession of a controlled substance in a jail.
  • Christopher Junior Maness - two counts possession of heroin, two counts possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin, two counts possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a place for controlled and trafficking opium or heroin.

On Tuesday, authorities executed search warrants on Paulk, his vehicle, his residence located at 3855 Mechanic Road, Lot 18, Asheboro, and the residence of 806 Hammer Ave., Asheboro.

After executing the search warrants, detectives arrested Paulk and seized U.S. currency, a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and approximately 1,200 units of heroin weighing 318.4 grams total. The heroin seized has a street value of approximately $38,232.

Asheboro police Chief Jody Williams said it was, "Probably one of the largest seizures of heroin in this area, of Randolph County, that I can remember."

Paulk is charged with the following offenses: four counts of trafficking heroin, two counts possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin, two counts possession of heroin, two counts misdemeanor possession marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts maintain a vehicle/dwelling for purposes of controlled substances.

Paulk was held on a $1 million secured bond and has a court date set for Sept. 30 in Asheboro District Court.