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Men charged with trafficking 216 bricks of heroin

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Two men face drug trafficking charges after authorities found a storage unit packed with heroin and searched homes in Rocky Mount and Wilson.

Sheriff’s deputies and Tar River Regional Drug Task Force members searched a storage unit Saturday and found 216 bricks of heroin — roughly 10,800 doses — at Turn Key Storage, 2700 N. Wesleyan Blvd. in Rocky Mount. Bags with marijuana residue and an AR-15 pistol were also seized.

A K-9 had alerted to the presence of drugs and officers obtained a search warrant for the unit, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators reviewed surveillance footage from the storage business and identified two men as suspects in the case.

Jaheed Maleek Labega, 23, who has a listed address on North Daughtry Street in Rocky Mount, was found at a Nancy Circle home. Medina said Labega consented to a search of the home and authorities seized 3 pounds of marijuana, 28 doses of heroin, 6½ grams of cocaine, a handgun and more than $2,500 in cash.

Task force members and Wilson police found the second suspect, 29-year-old Joshua Alkeem Lynch of Overton Court, Rocky Mount, at a Wilson home on Wednesday.

Medina said authorities discovered about a half-pound of marijuana along with packaging equipment, scales and a gun after Lynch gave permission for a search.

Labega was charged with two counts of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and one count each of trafficking heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed in Nash County under a $250,000 secured bond.

Lynch was charged with one count each of trafficking heroin, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Nash County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court on the charges Tuesday.

Nash County deputies released evidence photos showing a cardboard box filled with packages of heroin stamped with “Project English” and “Joy & Pain” and vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana accompanied by small pouches of heroin stamped “Move the Dough.” Heroin is often marked with brand names or logos to entice buyers, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Tar River Regional Drug Task Force includes officers from the Wilson, Rocky Mount, Nashville, Spring Hope and Tarboro police departments and the Nash County and Edgecombe County sheriff’s offices along with state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Medina thanked the Wilson Police Department for assisting with Lynch’s apprehension in Wilson and the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for helping investigators locate and arrest Labega in Edgecombe County.

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