Drug trafficking suspect jailed under $1.3M bond

Officials say narcotics are to blame for rise in petty crimes

Drug trafficking suspect jailed under $1.3M bond

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Greenville Police have arrested a Raleigh man accused of having hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs.

Faisal Tyler Moghadass, 21, is being jailed under a $1.3 million bond at the Pitt County Detention Center, according to the Greenville Police Department.

The Greenville Regional Drug Task Force and DEA officials pulled over Moghadass on April 16 at the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and Stantonsburg Road, police said.

"It's huge and it takes a lot of drugs off the street," said Lt. Ken Hadnott of the Greenville Police Department.

More than 454 grams of "Molly" and 2 pounds of high-grade marijuana were seized, said investigators. Moghadass, who was the only person in the vehicle, was arrested and charged with numerous counts of trafficking and other drug-related offenses.

DEA officials and Raleigh Police then searched Moghadass' home on Isabella Cannon Road in Raleigh, where they recovered more than 1,647 grams of "Molly" and about 200 grams of high-grade marijuana, investigators said. The total estimated street value of the "Molly" and the high-grade marijuana was about $201,000.00, said police.

Officials say narcotics are to blame for some recent petty crimes and even violent ones.

"It always concerns me because that person's got a drug addiction, and they're not thinking very clearly, they're thinking 'I need that money, I need that drug,'" said Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks. "We've noticed when people become more dependent on drugs, we see they take more chances on a daily basis."

Throughout the course of the two-month investigation, authorities seized more than 2.5 kilograms of "Molly" and 4.5 pounds of marijuana, along with $4,000 in cash, according to Greenville Police.

"When you're working the case you've gotta be patient. If you rush into it, that's when you'll make mistakes and you'll miss stuff," said Hadnott.

The narcotics were being transported from Raleigh into Greenville for distribution, investigators said.

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