Major drug bust: Man arrested in Asheboro’s largest ever heroin seizure

ASHEBORO, N.C. — More than two pounds of heroin were seized in Randolph County, according to police.

William Justin Martin, 38, of Asheboro, was arrested and faces charges for the significant drug seizure.

The heroin was taken from two locations, an address on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and a storage unit outside of the city off Highway 64.

On Friday, Asheboro police and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office searched a location on the 900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Officials found 416.3 grams or about 0.92 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $49,956.

They also found Suboxone strips and multiple items of drug paraphernalia.

Asheboro police reported that this is the largest amount of heroin ever seized by the police department.

“I just keep thinking about all the lives that could have been affected by this," said Assistant Police Chief Mark Lineberry. "Not just the user but their families, their brothers and sisters so that’s kind of special.”

Investigators also searched a storage unit at a facility outside the city and found another 895.2 grams or about 1.97 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $107,424.

In total, about 1311.5 grams or 2.89 pounds of heroin was seized.

“This was an outstanding collaborative effort to get a large quantity of a very dangerous drug off the street,” the Asheboro Police Department said in the release.

Lineberry said that while the number of reported overdoses is down from 2017, the number of fatal overdoses has increased from 3 last year to 5 so far in 2018.

“The crisis that’s going on in America is happening right here in Asheboro,” he said.

He hopes the arrest serves as a warning to other dealers in the city and county.

“We won’t stop. The more information we get, we’ve still got more drug investigations going on right now and we’ll keep moving on all of them,” Lineberry said.

Martin was charged with trafficking heroin, possession of heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $2.5 million.