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Heroin valued at $30,000 seized

By Gary Popp
Published in News on June 29, 2011 1:46 PM

Quashon Marquise Phillips

A joint effort between Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Goldsboro Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration resulted in one of the largest heroin seizures in Wayne County history early Saturday morning.

Quashon Marquise Phillips, of Olivia Lane, was charged with two counts of felonious trafficking heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers said they found him in possession of nearly two ounces of heroin, which carries a street value of about $30,000.

Phillips was released from a federal prison about a year ago, officials said.

Members of the Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Squad made a traffic stop on I-795 around midnight Friday. Phillips was in vehicle.

Officials with the drug squad said they had information Phillips was in possession of large quantities of narcotics prior to pulling over the 2002 Cadillac Escalade, which was also seized.

Phillips was found with the heroin concealed in his groin area, officials said.

Also found in Phillips possession were about 5,000 glassine bags. Officials said the bags, which are made of wax paper, are used for the sale of small quantities of the drug.

There were several other people in the vehicle who were not charged, officials said.

Officials added that Phillips is considered a supplier of the drug, who provides the narcotic to lower-level dealers.

"Heroin is back on the rise," Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said. "It is an old drug making its way back."

Winders also said he appreciated the assistance of the DEA, and Goldsboro police, who provided a K-9 unit during the seizure.