Police arrest man wanted by U.S. Marshals

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

An out-of-state offender facing a federal indictment for distributing more than 100 grams of heroin was arrested Tuesday in Vance County.

Robert Paul Ritzie, 48, of 3646 Timberview Drive, Dallas, Texas, was taken into custody at the Vance County Jail and transported to the federal courthouse in Raleigh.

Ritzie was placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending a detention hearing in Raleigh on Friday before Magistrate Judge James E. Gate.

Wayne Buchanan Eads represents him, and Jonathan Philip Holbrook represents the government.

Ritzie was indicted by a federal grand jury in early June on one count of conspiring to distribute 100 or more grams of heroin and possessing 100 or more grams of heroin with the intent to distribute.

The grand jury also indicted him on one count of possessing a quantity of heroin with the intent to distribute.

The charges were made after officers from the Henderson Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 85 in August 2013.

Officers searched Ritzie’s vehicle, where they found 84 bricks — or about 4,200 dosage units — of heroin.


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