Joint investigation and traffic stop leads to Morehead City man’s drug arrest

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Billy Jay Wiggins, 37 3810 Symi Circle Morehead City, NC 28557

CARTERET COUNTY, NC – A multi-agency investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Morehead City man as well as the seizure of a large quantity of illicit drugs.

Billy Jay Wiggins, 37, was taken into custody during a traffic stop without incident around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020 by Carteret County deputies. A subsequent search of the vehicle produced over 106 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 5 dosage units of prescription medication (Lorazepam), Narcan, drug paraphernalia, and United States currency.


The arrest of Wiggins, who is currently on parole, is the result of a multi- agency investigation into the trafficking of crystal methamphetamine in and around the Carteret County area.

“This arrest demonstrates that it takes many of our agencies and officers working together to identify, investigate, arrest and prosecute these drug offenders,” said Sheriff Asa Buck. “The citizens of Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and surrounding counties are very lucky to have such dedicated members of law enforcement with great support from our District Attorney’s Office working to address criminal activity in our area. I commend and thank all of our law enforcement officers for the jobs they do for all of us.”

Wiggins is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sell a schedule II controlled substance, deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.

Wiggins was taken to the Carteret County Jail and is being held on a $1 million dollar bond.

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Maysville Police Department, and Morehead City Police Department.