LINCOLNCOUNTY, N.C. -- A traffic stop on what authorities call a pipeline for controlled substances led to the arrest of a Denver man and seizure of 51 baggies of white powder heroin.

Tuesday night around 8:30, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 16, just north of Gaston County.

Authorities say when they approached the vehicle, baggies containing a white powdery substance where in plain view.

A total of 51 baggies were recovered with a combined weight of about 5 grams, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The vehicle's passenger, 21-year-old Nicholas William Moore, of Denver, was arrested and charged with one felony count each of trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance Schedule I and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance Schedule II.

He was booked in to the Lincoln County Jail under a $40,000 bond.

Narcotics Lt. Jason Reid said, Since Sheriff David Carpenter took office in 2010 he has proven time and time again that Highways 16 and 321 continue to be the pipeline for controlled substances to and through Lincoln County.

Reid went on to say, A number of traffic stops on Highway 16 have resulted in the seizure of white powder heroin and black tar heroin. Every heroin arrest we have made in the last three years has originated in the Charlotte area.

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