Winston-Salem ‘Detroit Boys’ crime organization members busted for heroin

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Dante Coles, Rudolph Coles Jr., Terrance Coles, Ian Harper and Terrance Poindexter

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Investigators say they've arrested five people in connection to a drug trafficking investigation that spanned to Detroit.

Winston-Salem residents Dante Coles, Rudolph Coles Jr., Terrance Coles, Ian Harper and Terrance Poindexter were all charged with various counts of trafficking heroin.

Investigators said Terrance Coles was the local leader of the organization known as the "Detroit Boys." He was arrested at his home at 5455 Woodcliff Drive.

"It was a multi-state organization," said Sheriff Bill Schatzman.

His detectives, along with Winston-Salem police, Kernersville police, ATF, State SBI and DEA, spent months going undercover to identifying several players and stopped a delivery of 366 grams of heroin as it arrived in Forsyth County from Detroit on Oct 28.

"Very good investigation with physical surveillance, electronic surveillance, undercover operations, coordinated raids," is how Schatzman said the Detroit Boys were brought down.

Investigators said they also seized more than two kilograms of heroin, seven firearms, 12 vehicles and more than $55,000.

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