RALEIGH Police arrested two men on heroin-trafficking charges Thursday night, saying in arrest warrants that one had sold the drug to the second and the second sold it to a police informant.
Tony Lamont Moore, 40, of 1537 Sunbow Falls Lane in Raleigh and William Hugh Norris, 47, who told booking officers he has no permanent address, were arrested together about 9:30 p.m. on Ronald Drive, a commercial street off Wake Forest Road, according to records.
The charges, police said, were based on two-step heroin transactions Sunday and Tuesday.
The first involved between 4 and 14 grams of heroin, a range that puts it just over the weight threshold for trafficking in North Carolina, police said in obtaining their warrants.
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The Tuesday deals involved more than 28 or more grams, which is the threshold amount for the highest category of heroin trafficking. Investigators did not disclose exactly how much drug was involved.
Norris was charged with five counts of heroin trafficking and two counts of conspiring to traffic, with the latter citing Moore.
Moore was charged with six trafficking counts and two of conspiracy with Norris.
Investigators usually lodge one count of drug trafficking for each step in a deal that they charge a suspect has been involved in, such as possessing a certain quantity of a drug at a certain time, transporting that quantity and so on.
Norris’ total bail was set at $1,251,000 because he was served with an unrelated warrant charging misdemeanor larceny.
Moore’s total bail was set at $1,501,500 after he was charged with not appearing in court when he was supposed to on on charges of speeding and driving with a revoked license earlier this year.
Norris was convicted of felony embezzlement in 2009 and put on probation. In 1993, he was convicted of driving while impaired.
Moore served prison time for trafficking in Schedule II drugs, the group that includes cocaine, in 2010 and gun ownership by a felon.
He also has a 2008 conviction for possession of a Schedule II drug with intent to sell it and one in 1998 for assault with a deadly weapon that seriously hurt someone.