Investigation leads to fentanyl and cocaine arrest

Published 2:30 pm Thursday, May 2, 2024

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On May 01, 2024, Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year-old Arthur Ray Pippins Jr., of Winterville, on multiple drug charges.  This concluded a three-month long investigation into Pippins selling fentanyl in Beaufort County.  As a result of this investigation, Deputies seized 268 fentanyl pills, 33 grams of cocaine and $9,156 in cash.

Arthur Ray Pippins Jr. was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $160,000 secured bond under the following charges:

– Two felony counts of Trafficking in Opium or Heroin (Fentanyl)

– Two felony counts of Trafficking in Cocaine

– Two felony counts of PWISD Schedule II (Fentanyl)

Since January 1st of this year, Deputies have seized more than 112 grams of fentanyl off the streets of Beaufort County.  According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2 milligrams of fentanyl is considered to be a lethal dose.  These fentanyl seizures by Deputies are enough fentanyl to potentially kill over 50,000 people.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with local entities to help combat the harmful effects of fentanyl and are committed to keeping dangerous drugs out of our community.

Beaufort County Sheriff Scott Hammonds encourages anyone with information regarding suspected drug sale/use or any other crime to contact the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 946-7111.  You can also submit tips anonymously by contacting Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at (252) 974-6400 or submit confidential tips online at  Crime Stoppers only wants your information, not your name.