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Man arrested after finding fentanyl, heroin during traffic stop on NC Hwy 12

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – A man is facing several drug-related charges after being stopped for a traffic stop near Kinnakeet Boulevard.

According to officials, on July 3 at approximately 10:56 p.m., a Dare County sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle on N.C. Highway 12, near Kinnakeet Boulevard. Probable cause was established during a stop to search the vehicle.


William Bridgeman (Courtesy of Dare County Sheriff’s Office)

During the search, a quantity of fentanyl, heroin and other drug preparation paraphernalia was found and confiscated.

The investigation led to a hotel room where the suspect, later identified as 45-year-old William Thaddeus Bridgeman, was staying. While there, cocaine, marijuana, prescription drugs and additional drug paraphernalia were located and seized.

Bridgeman was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a Schedule I drug, two counts of possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling.

Bridgeman is currently being held in custody on a $50,000 secured bond.

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