Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith, in a press briefing this afternoon in Jackson, said 78 bricks of heroin were seized from the residence of Deon Ameik Flood, 22, as well as 4.2 ounces of crack, and 5.3 ounces of cocaine.
Agents, who were assisted by the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, charged Flood with trafficking opium and heroin, trafficking cocaine and four counts of maintaining a vehicle, place or dwelling to keep a controlled substance.
Flood, who had a $525,000 bond, was released from custody Saturday night and has a preliminary court date Thursday, according to state court records. He was also expected to appear in court today for a speeding citation, state court records also show.
The heroin seized, a total of 3,927 dosage units, was valued at $20,000, while the crack seized was valued at $6,500 and the cocaine $6,400, Smith said.
Agents also seized an AK-47 and a Glock .40-caliber handgun. They seized five vehicles, one an ATV.
Flood was taken into custody after a traffic stop in which he fled from his vehicle and was apprehended shortly after.
Smith said it was unclear how long Flood was allegedly in business. “We know that from the quantity of drugs he’s been in business for awhile.”
About 10 months of investigation went into the case and Smith said he believed Flood allegedly had others working for him. “The investigation is ongoing.”
The sheriff would not call Flood an alleged kingpin. “I would say he is a high level dealer.”
With Smith were Ahoskie police Chief Troy Fitzhugh, Bertie County Sheriff John Holley and Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes, who represent the agencies of which the task force is made up.
Smith said while requesting federal adoption of the case is possible, it currently remains in the state court system.
Task force members declined to speak during the briefing.
Smith spoke of the problems law enforcement is facing with heroin and opiates. “Valuable lives have been lost and others have been put in dire jeopardy. Deputies with Northampton County and surrounding counties have responded to several overdose calls within the past few months. Unfortunately, some of these overdoses resulted in the loss of life. This opiate epidemic and the loss of life associated with it is a top priority for my office.”
Said Smith: “I understand that this is a small fight in the opiate crisis, but every seizure counts. I feel comfortable that the narcotics that were seized on this past Friday will not be poisoning our communities to include our youth. I would like to thank my fellow sheriffs, Chief Fitzhugh, and District Attorney Valerie Asbell and her staff for their dedication to make our community safer by making these cases a priority in her office along with the violent crime often associated with narcotics trade. She and her staff have spent hundreds of man hours to make our community a safer and better place to live. With this in mind the fight is not over and more arrests are forthcoming. ”
Hayes commended the task force for its work on the case. “Drug dealers have no boundaries. Heroin is on the rise on the Eastern side of North Carolina and Virginia. The task force is doing a great job. I’m just proud of what they do.”
Fitzhugh told members of the task force present, “Thank you, we appreciate you. This is a combined effort. We will not go without looking into all drug complaints.”
Said Holley: “I’m very proud of you. I really feel we’re winning a battle on the streets.”