Owner of Durham’s Tasty Haven faces heroin trafficking charges

From staff reportsMay 13, 2014 

Shelby Wilson


— Police say they seized more than 4 ounces of heroin and arrested the owner of a local business as part of a long-running undercover operation.

Shelby Andrew Wilson, 48, is the owner of Tasty Haven Restaurant at 518 East Trinity Avenue, according to police. Investigators searched the restaurant and two homes in Durham on Tuesday.

Police also seized two firearms, one of which was reported stolen, during the operation, according to police.

Wilson faces eight counts of heroin trafficking; two counts of firearm possession by a convicted felon; eight counts of maintaining a dwelling or business for the manufacture or delivery of controlled substances; eight counts of possession of heroin with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver; six counts of the sale of heroin; and six counts of the delivery of heroin.

Wilson was held Tuesday at the Durham County Jail in lieu of $5 million bail, according to police. No one at Tasty Haven Restaurant answered the phone Tuesday night.

The restaurant also sells sorbet as “Wilson’s Water Ice,” according to its website. Wilson has run Tasty Haven Restaurant with his family since 2006, according to The Durham VOICE newspaper. He said he had previously struggled with drug addiction, the newspaper reported in 2010.

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