One Cary man charged with heroin trafficking, second with possession

From staff reportsMay 14, 2014 

— Police charged a 29-year-old man with state law’s most serious level of heroin trafficking Monday after a traffic stop and charged a 64-year-old man who was driving him with heroin possession.

Police stopped Dallas Clay Lawrence of 132 Riverwalk Circle in Cary at Lake Pine Drive and Two Creeks Road, not far from his home, on Monday morning.

They said in an arrest warrant that they found more than 28 grams of heroin.

State law sets three weight quantities for heroin trafficking, with the highest – 28 grams or more – being a Class C felony that carries a minimum jail term of 224 months for a conviction.

Arrested at the same time was Daniel John Vanbenthuysen of 1400 Bullfinch Lane in Apex, who police said was driving the car in which Lawrence was a passenger.

Lawrence, who told officials he worked in construction, was being held in the Wake County detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail for a court appearance Tuesday.

Vanbenthuysen, who also was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and having drug paraphernalia, was freed on $7,500 bail and told to appear in court Tuesday on the heroin charge and June 9 on the others.

Lawrence had been on probation for drug convictions in 2011, but that was revoked, and he was released from prison in March.

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