Police searching for heroin trafficking suspect

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 07:12 PM

Henderson police hope for help from the public in finding a man they say has been involved with trafficking heroin, and who is currently wanted by federal authorities.

According to written statements released Friday, investigators are looking for 31-year-old Brian Elliott “Booman” Hayes. According to North Carolina prison records, he has been in South Carolina but does have criminal history in Vance County.

Lt. Alan Hedgepeth said police believe he could be in the area.

Hayes was named for three counts in a June 4 federal indictment, charging on Aug. 31, 2012, he distributed amounts of heroin in the eastern North Carolina area on two occasions. It also charged he distributed heroin again on Sept. 6.

Police are accepting information on Hayes’ whereabouts at (252) 438-4141. Crime Stoppers can be called at (252) 492-1925.

All information received by Crime Stoppers is kept confidential. Rewards can be up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals involved with criminal activity.

According to arrest records appearing in The Dispatch, Hayes had a 425 Bobbitt St., Henderson, address in March 2011 and failed to appear in court on a drug charge.

State prison records indicate Hughes served 15 to 18 months in prison for an armed assault inflicting injury conviction stemming from a Sept. 22, 2003, incident in Vance County.

He also has other prior drug convictions in the state, plus an involuntary manslaughter conviction stemming from an Aug. 14, 1998, incident in Vance County.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.