Five arrests have been made in connection to heroin being sold out of a residence in Granite Falls, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.

Numerous complaints from the public reporting an uptick in apparent drug activity led to an investigation that lasted more than a month, and on Sept. 8 the sheriff’s office’s SWAT and ICE Unit raided a house at 1030 Fence St. in Granite Falls, Capt. Aaron Barlowe said.

A search of the house and vehicles there found more than 4 grams of heroin and about $8,000 in cash, a press release said.

The heroin will be tested to see if it also contains fentanyl, a powerful and potentially deadly narcotic, Barlowe said.

Fentanyl is often mixed into heroin to make it more potent, and that has been one of the causes of the rapid rise in drug overdoses nationwide in recent years.

Sheriff Alan Jones said, “People that are using heroin and fentanyl are overdosing in this county almost every day. These suppliers need to be held accountable for selling this poison.”

All four residents of the house — Jarvis Ledon McCullough, 40, Michael Joel Davis, 24, Jessica Marie McMahon, 35, and Mikaela Renee Hefner, 19 — were charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, and one count of maintaining a dwelling to keep/store a controlled substance. Their bonds were set at $30,000 secured.

John Michael Gerst, 31, who does not live at the house, was charged with possession of heroin and maintaining a vehicle to keep/store a controlled substance. His bond was set at $10,000 secured.

McCullough has been on probation from a January 2020 conviction on a narcotics possession charge, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Reporter Candice Simmons can be reached at (828)610-8721

Reporter Candice Simmons can be reached at (828)610-8721