The creativity of a pair of local drug traffickers was thwarted last week thanks to the combined efforts of law enforcement.
According to Harnett County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Aaron Meredith, two men were taken into custody after accepting a package loaded with heroin inside another object.
According to Meredith, Brian Lee Stephenson, 45, of Angier and Rayshone Shone McNeill, 33, of Willow Spring were charged with one count of conspiring to traffic heroin after U.S. Homeland Security tipped-off the HCSO Narcotic’s Unit about a suspicious package that was intercepted during a shipment from Mexico to Angier on Jan. 21.
Inside the package, authorities found 1.8 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of over $1.6 million hidden inside a piece of scientific lab equipment.
Narcotics unit deputies immediately began an investigation, took possession of the package and along with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents, made a controlled delivery of the package to 120 Broadwell Lane in Angier, where Stephenson allegedly lives.
The two men were taken into custody at the time of the delivery.
Stephenson was jailed under a $250,000 secured bond and McNeill under a $150,000 secured bond.
Both men were housed in the Harnett County Detention Center.
Meredith said the investigation is continuing and more charges may be filed.
Rick Curl can be reached at email@example.com or 910-230-2037.