BEAUFORT, Carteret County - The Carteret County Sheriff's Office arrested a New Bern man on multiple charges and placed in jail on a $7.5 million dollar secured bond.
Corey Antrion Cox, 35, of New Bern was arrested and charged with 10 counts of trafficking opium or heroin, one count each of selling heroin, delivery of heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin. Cox is scheduled for a first appearance in court on Monday.
Officials said over recent weeks, detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff's Office and Morehead City Police Department conducted several undercover controlled purchases of heroin-laced fentanyl from Cox that he was representing to be "Gray Death." Detectives determined Cox to be a major source of supply of this lethal drug after he delivered trafficking levels of heroin-laced fentanyl on more than one occasion.
The lethal new drug dubbed "Gray Death" is exponentially more powerful than heroin and is dangerous to even touch with gloves. The high-potency cocktail – which is comprised of heroin, fentanyl, the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil, and other synthetic opioids can kill users instantly with a single dose.
A vehicle stop was attempted on Cox while he was in Havelock. He refused to stop and a chase ensued, starting on McCotter Boulevard and ending on Hwy. 101 near Ferry Road.
Cox has a lengthy criminal history and was on probation in Craven County, facing pending charges of trafficking heroin. He was released from prison in late 2016 and has a criminal record that includes burglary, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official stemming from a home invasion and robbery in the North River community. In that case, it led Carteret County deputies on a high-speed car chase where Cox fired three rounds from a handgun at the deputies.
"Let this bond be a message to all who are selling this poison in Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties. If you don't want to go to jail and prison, you better find something else to do other than selling heroin and fentanyl in our area," said Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck. "When we bust you selling these drugs, you've got a one way ride straight to prison."
Sheriff Buck praised the great work of all the law enforcement officers involved in this drug bust and extends his thanks to the Havelock Police Department and North Carolina State Highway Patrol who assisted in the apprehension of the suspect.