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Gates County Sheriff seizes heroin capsules

GATES – A local man was arrested at his residence here last week after being found in possession of over 1,000 capsules believed to be used to distribute heroin.

Ryan Eure Derby, age 35, of Gates School Road was arrested by the Gates County Sheriff’s Office following the execution of a search warrant.

Gates County Sheriff Ray Campbell said Derby was charged with one felony count each of possession of heroin, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance, and maintaining a dwelling for possessing and selling a controlled substance.

Ryan E. Derby

Derby’s bond was set at $20,000 secured by a Gates County Magistrate. Campbell said Derby was released from custody after his bond was met.

Derby is due in Gates County Criminal District Court on July 7 to answer the charges.

“We had been watching him for over two weeks and had received some complaints from neighbors about suspicious activity at his residence,” Campbell said. “We gained enough information to obtain a search warrant, which we executed at his residence at around 5:30 p.m. last Friday (June 14).”

Campbell said he was joined at the residence by five of his officers. The Sheriff added that Derby was taken into custody without incident.

“We found several bags filled with empty capsules at Mr. Derby’s residence,” Campbell said. “Some of the capsules contained heroin residue.”

The Sheriff stressed the importance of getting these capsules off the street before they were filled and distributed.

“Anytime you make a dent in the sale and delivery of illegal drugs, it’s a good day,” Campbell stated.

He thanked local citizens for their input in helping make this arrest.

“We have worked hard since I became sheriff to build back the trust of our citizens; we’ve come a long way in a short period of time to develop a good rapport with our citizens,” Campbell noted. “They are giving us good intel and that makes our jobs a lot easier. We appreciate the info we are getting from our citizens and encourage them to continue.”

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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