The opioid epidemic has certainly not passed North Carolina by, including the people who live on tribal lands in our state. Federal law enforcement agencies are seeking to curtail trafficking in these drugs.
It turns out that a substance seized in a July raid wasn't what North Carolina law enforcement officers thought it was. This summer, agents who work for the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office seized 13 pounds of what they thought was fentanyl. The sheriff touted this as "one of the largest seizures" of the deadly opioid in the state. This much fentanyl would have a street value of over $2 million.
If your child is hoping to join a fraternity or sorority this year, they're more likely to be around drugs and alcohol than if they didn't become part of Greek life. They may start out "just" drinking, but excessive drinking often leads to taking drugs and doing other risky things a young person would never consider while sober.
As law enforcement professionals work to combat the opioid epidemic that's gripping large parts the country, people who provide drugs to someone who overdoses or are even around while the person took the drugs are increasingly being prosecuted for homicide and similar crimes. This includes not just dealers, but friends and family members.
Deaths from drug overdoses are at epidemic levels. In fact, unintentional drug overdoses kill more people between 25 and 64 years old than any type of accident -- including vehicle crashes. Here in North Carolina, overdose fatalities related to opioids were over 2 percent above the national average in 2016. Both the number of heroin-related deaths and those caused by synthetic opioids rose significantly between 2010 and 2016.
Yet another fraternity at East Carolina University (ECU) is facing disciplinary action due to the alleged activities of its members. Four members of Phi Kappa Tau are facing multiple criminal charges following a raid of their fraternity house. The Greenville Regional Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant, which was executed on April 10, on the house.
Drug crimes are increasingly being prosecuted as severely as possible, especially in states that are experiencing a crisis related to opioid use.
Two different investigations, one in Jonesville and the other in King, culminated in the arrest of two men and two women at area motels on Tuesday, Feb. 6. At least two of them are suspected of having trafficked drugs from the hotels where they were taken into custody.