TPD arrests five on heroin charges
Concerned citizens helped Thomasville Police Department rid their neighborhood of an alleged heroin dealer.
TPD executed a search warrant May 8 at 4347 Briarcliff Road after receiving numerous complaints from neighborhood residents that drugs were being sold at the home. As a result of the search, detectives arrested five people and seized a significant amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
"This is just a great example of the community getting involved, alerting us to a problem we've got in our neighborhood and identifying that to the police department," Detective Wendell Amos said. "We've taken proactive measures to solve the problem."
Mickey Rheuark, 47, Gregory Lamont Monroe, 38, and Thursa Lynn Langley, 30, all were charged with trafficking heroin and conspiring to traffic heroin. According to Amos, Rheuark, who also was charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and Langley lived at the home.
Amos identified Monroe as a heroin supplier.
Karen Lynn Watkins, 46, and Madonna Carol Soles, 38, were arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, respectively. In addition to heroin, Amos said detectives found needles, spoons, plastic baggies and a small amount of marijuana during the search.
"We received complaints about this residence from citizens in the past," said Amos. " While we were out there conducting our investigation one of the residents came up to one of our detectives complaining about the house."
Amos said heroin is becoming a growing problem in Thomasville.
"It's not an epidemic in Thomasville," Amos said. "There used to be a fine line of Thomasville. When you came out of High Point into Thomasville, you couldn't find any heroin, it was all in High Point. Now it's kind of creeped over the line and you now can find it and buy it in Thomasville. Along with the heroin you get needles and used needles and then you've got other problems."
Amos said people tend to turn to heroin when prescription pills aren't available.
"It kind of follows behind the pills," said Amos.
Because the address is in Randolph County, the sheriff's office in Randolph assisted TPD with the execution of the search warrant.
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