Earlier today we reported what a reader had told us about an event last night on East Oak Avenue in Wake Forest.
The reader said, “Please find out what happened last night on East Oak Ave. It’s off of North Main near The Border Restaurant (in WaFo.) There was a loud boom around 9 pm. It sounded like a transformer blowing – it was LOUD. We looked outside & there were two white vans on E. Oak w/a lot of people w/flashlights. A couple of minutes later, two WF police cars came. They took one guy away in handcuffs. They (WFPD) looked like they had on full gear. One van left w/the back doors open & one side door open – weird.”
More information is now available.
“Following an extensive multi-agency investigation, Wake Forest Police have arrested a 32-year-old East Oak Avenue resident on numerous heroin trafficking charges.
Late Thursday evening the Wake Forest Police Department’s Tactical Service Unit arrested Henry Edward Pettaway, Jr., 110 E. Oak Ave., at his residence after he attempted to sell approximately 45.7 grams of heroin to an undercover officer. During a subsequent search of the residence, police located an additional 8.3 grams of heroin along with $700 in cash. In total, police officials say the heroin seized would have an estimated street value of approximately $100,000.
At the time of the operation police deployed a distraction device that emits a loud sound but poses no safety risk to the community.
Police charged Pettaway with six counts of trafficking heroin; three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin; three counts of selling and delivering heroin; one count of maintaining a vehicle to sell and deliver heroin; and one count of maintaining a residence to sell and deliver heroin.
He is being held in the Wake County jail under $1,000,000 secured bond.
The Wake Forest Police Department wishes to acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the Raleigh Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation.”