DEPUTIES: More than $450,000 worth of heroin and cocaine taken off streets

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Two eastern Carolina residents are under $500,000 bonds after deputies say they took $453,000 worth of heroin and cocaine off the streets of Craven County.

According to the Craven County Sheriff's Office, deputies pulled over a vehicle on Highway 70 near the Cove City exit. A K-9 alerted deputies that there were narcotics in the vehicle. When deputies searched the vehicle, they say they found more than a kilo of cocaine, along with heroin.

Deputies arrested 38-year-old Shakeem Dolphin from Winterville. Dolphin is charged with two felony counts of level three trafficking cocaine and felony conspiracy to traffic cocaine. Melissa Merritt, 34, from Ayden, is charged with two felony counts of level three trafficking cocaine, felony conspiracy to traffic cocaine, and felony possession of heroin.

Dolphin and Merritt are both being held in the Craven County Confinement Facility.

"This is another reason why our K9 program is so crucial to the success of seizing these dangerous narcotics before they hit the streets," said Sheriff Chip Hughes.