Heroin arrests net two from Raleigh, three from Charlotte

From staff reportsDecember 12, 2012 

— Police arrested three men from Charlotte and a man and woman from Raleigh on Tuesday night and charged all of them with trafficking in heroin, saying one of the Charlotte men sold the drug to the man from Raleigh.

About 7:30 p.m., officers arrested Kenneth Ward Wheeler, 19, of 4314 Batts Road in Raleigh at South Wilmington Street and Chapanoke Road, charging him with two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession with intent to sell or distrubute heroin, an arrest warrant shows.

An arrest warrant for Wheeler states that police found between 4 and 14 grams of heroin, which is a range set by state law to determine what level felony is involved.

Thirty minutes later, police arrested the Charlotte men and the Raleigh woman at the Red Roof Inn at 1813 S. Saunders St.

All four were charged with trafficking for having what police said was 28 grams or more of heroin.

The woman arrested was Kiara Ladawn Ledbetter, 20, of 3900 Waterbrook Drive in Raleigh.

With her at the hotel with the heroin, police charged, were Paul Anthony Shell, 20, of 2844 Old Steelcreek Road, Paul Gregory Perry, 29, of 9525 Puddle Duck Road and Keyondre Lashawn Owens, 17, of 1315 Della Drive, all in Charlotte.

In addition to trafficking, Perry was charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, one for possessing the 28 grams and one for selling 24 or more grams to Wheeler, warrants said.

Each of the trafficking charges that police filed against Wheeler cited 4 to 14 grams of heroin, and it was not clear from court records if those together were the 28 grams that police charged Perry sold to him.

Police also charged Perry with maintaining Room 433 at the Red Roof Inn as a place to keep drugs.

Bonds were set at $100,000 for Perry, $75,000 for Wheeler, $50,000 for Shell and $25,000 each for Ledbetter and Owens.

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