Wanchese suspects arrested in heroin bust

By on November 26, 2012

Three people have been arrested on heroin charges after authorities made a traffic stop during an investigation last week.

At about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19, members of the Dare Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Dare Sheriff’s patrol deputies, Currituck County sheriff’s deputies and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation stopped a vehicle as a result of the narcotics investigation, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The stop yielded a quantity of heroin. Arrested were:

Anna Catherine Baggett, 18, of 640 Old Wharf Road, Wanchese on charges of possession with the intent to sell or deliver heroin and felony conspiracy. She was jailed at the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $16,000 bond.

Amanda Schae Champlin, 20, of 180 Dorcas Pond Lane, Wanchese on a charge of felony conspiracy. She was in the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond

Zachary James Davis, 22, of 640 Old Wharf Rd., Wanchese on charges of possession of heroin and felony conspiracy. He was committed to the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $30,000 bond.

Kenneth Lee Wells, 22, of 49 Chief Wanchese Road, Wanchese on a charge of felony conspiracy. He was being held in lieu of $30,000 bond

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December 3, 2012 4:52 pm

“I say says” – Jesus would care abbout drug addicts. If any of youse guys, who are complaining about druggies, are “Christians” y’all better learn about Jesus a lttle bit more. Jesus loves drug addicts. Jesus hates the rich and those who look down on others.

“Fed Up” – You should find a new career.

Who cares that you people pay taxes? Good for you. Your taxes aren’t going to get lower if drugs didn’t exist. Do you people, who complain about taxes, like cops, roads, public schools, libraries, assistance when a hurricane blows your house up??? Then stop complaining about taxes.

And not to disappoint some of y’all, but people on welfare aren’t raking in the big bucks. In New Jersey, a single person with no youngins gets like $200 in food stamps and about $120 cash per month. WOOO HOOOO !!!! That’s living large. Sign me up !!! I’d like to see these people who complain about government “handouts” if they fell on bad times. Hypocrits. They’d be crying that the government doesn’t do enough.

Fed Up

December 2, 2012 6:24 pm

i am in Health care, and a tax paying citizen. I deal with young adults that suffer from strokes because of overdosing. And that’s not the sad part. The sad part is they have no respect for those that take care of them, and they live off the government, or our salaries, and demand the “Hand Out”. They are the difference between our “Gross” and our “Net”. And they still pop pills and live around “The Medication Schedule”. To stay “High”

I have the solution…Put all the drug addicts in a locked room with all the needles and drugs they want, and let them Overdose. They are Leeches to Society.


December 2, 2012 12:16 pm

Drugs users are victims, drug dealers are predators, when a user goes to dealing they become predators! If you think that there is “nothing to do here”, then you should have been here 20-30yrs ago!!!! If one of these predators tries to sell to my kids, the cops are the least of their problems! The communities are their families need to step in and kick their butts! And for those that say that they are your family and we shouldn’t say anything!!!!!! YOU are a part of the problem as well!!! YOU need to go over there and kick her butt instead of posting your liberal touchy freely crap on here!!!

ty billy

December 2, 2012 9:16 am

TY billy for enlightening some of the peanut gallery. And for those of youwho still think sentences are still to light take this to heart. For as few as 6 painkillers from your medicine cabinet without a prescription a person can be charged with felony trafficking in the state of NC. Trafficking carries a MINIMUM MANDATORY sentence of 7-10 years. Look it up if you doubt me. As far as our law enforcement goes, they are just doing their job and very well. You want someone to gripe at? Call your congressman or local judge. They are the policy creators. And if you still think these kids need hard time you are either completely ignorant or have never been touched by addiction. If you havent yet, trust me, it is just a matter of time. When its one of your family members you may reconsider your hard line stance. If you want answers look to education and rehabilitation. That is our only hope.

I say

December 2, 2012 12:18 am

I really like how some of you think. You’re the same one’s who think my taxes should support your kids one day because you have a “sickness”, yeah right, tell me another one. Drug abuse is like high blood pressure? Who shoved those pills down your throat? You want help,ASK, oh you think going to church is boring, but yet you think someone should help you, but you don’t need to be the one to help yourself. I got news for y’all, you can’t help someone who don’t want to help themself, it won’t happen no matter how hard you try. Want help, ask Dare Challenge. As for you Wanchese girl, this place is for the birds?, take Hwy/ 64 west and fly on out of here, we sure don’t need you. I know addiction is a sickness, but like most sicknesses, it’s curable, so that excuse just don’t hold much water. Just like some of us who want to lose weight, we’re looking for that magic pill that will make it happen without us having to do anything more than sit in front of the TV with our favorite snack, I ain’t found that one yet either. So if you have addiction, it’s up to you to reach out for the help, it’s out there, but you have to be the one to start the ball rolling.


December 1, 2012 11:51 pm

I have lived on the outer banks my whole life, I don’t smoke drink and I am not a Bible thumper. And on top of everything nobody is perfect. These people made a bad choice, but then again EVERYONE makes bad choices. No one knows ALL the details. The report says possession, intent to sell or deliver and felony conspiracy

Parent of a teen

December 1, 2012 6:10 pm

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and all of these statements have some elements of truth. The reason there isn’t more to do for teens is because no business wants to have the responsibility of policing drugs, alcohol and fights. Look at the Pit. I have talked with the owners and they have the best intentions, but look what most parents think about their teens hanging out there. The fact is I was born in a small town, with very little to do, so we did some things that we shouldn’t have, but my friends in cities did the same. Being a 16-24 year old is tough. Very few know what they want and most are at odds with their parents, so don’t be so quick to say the parents aren’t trying to be involved. THE FACT is at 16, the state no longer lets me see my child’s medical records without her permission. If you don’t believe me, ask any medical personnel or a social worker. So, how does a parent “police” their child? Most of us do everything we can to raise good kids, but the truth is that life is full of choices. We all make them and we all pay for them, eventually. I think Dare does try to rehabilitate young people who get caught up in drugs. I would ask how many of you DRINK? How many SMOKE? How many watch PORN? All are choices and not good for you and cost society money. Human beings have addictive personalities. I choose to live here, and I love it. I choose not to date someone who does Heroin. Young people, CHOOSE to read a book, cruise around with friends, laughing and joking! Don’t CHOOSE self-destruction of any kind, cause we love you all and you are the future of Dare County or wherever you choose to live!


November 30, 2012 6:25 pm

“Practically everybody in the Banks, save the bible thumpers, drink and/or use recreational drugs.”

@Billy, even the Bible thumpers pick up women for recreational sex oftentimes. Which addiction do you prefer? Lol!!


November 30, 2012 6:23 pm

There must be something wrong with me, I’m not a bible thumper, I don’t use drugs, I rarely drink and I live on the OB.


November 30, 2012 2:37 pm

Great post Billy! Perspective is important.


November 30, 2012 1:05 pm

Y’all are funy. I used to live down there, but I’m New Jersey trash.

The whole world is on drugs. Cigarette smokers, social drinkers, mothers who pop valium to deal with their kids, people who take ambien and xanax to get to sleep, etc. Everyone’s on drugs.

The American Medical Association has verified addiction as a disease for quite some time. It is a disease of the brain. Why would someone continue using a substance that is constantly getting them into trouble? And high blood pressure can occur from “CHOICES.” Ya know, like diet and exercise. Cancer can occur from choices…..Ya dig?

The Outer Banks is a drug friendly place. Drugs feel better down there. The OB may be one of the last bastions of free spirit in the east coast. Ironically you have the absolute worst cops, who watch too much TV and have delusions of granduer. KDH ain’t Chicago, and it never will be.

Practically everybody in the Banks, save the bible thumpers, drink and/or use recreational drugs. But chill out. KDH isn’t North Philly – with heroin, crack and wet(PCP) on EVERY corner – with packs of dudes yelling at every car going by. “Yo, Dope, Readies, weed out…weed out !!! ” You guys don’t have gangs, you got psuedo tough guys.

Another suggestion

November 29, 2012 9:43 am

@ Randi…Sorry but this is a blog/message board where people are allowed to comment on local current sutuations.

Because of the nature of the crime and the type of drug involved, you’re probably not going to get much sympathy.


November 28, 2012 10:19 pm

“homogeneous narrow minded cultural mentality”

@OBX author, amen again and again. It’s a mentality that protects, enables, and affirms its own sort of arrogance/superiority/suspicion that makes outside help out of the question. Tough problem indeed.

OBXer for life

November 28, 2012 8:00 pm

Its time for some big time crack down on the problem before this becomes another Portsmouth, time to really evaluate the things for kids to do, yeah keeping the bowling alley, establishing more skateparks, parks and recreation areas is a good direction. The local government shouldn’t stop now, the county, churches, and schools needs to keep the focus on outreach programs for young kids, more activities for kids and their parents can enjoy together. Growing up here, I’m glad that my mom kept me involved with youth groups or else I probably would of went down the same path. Schools need to keep up the focus on counseling and make room for improvements for potentially troubled kids. Lets focus on those issues before the problem really starts getting out of hand, cause I dread the day we hear more violent crimes around here on Channel 10.

Randi scarborough

November 28, 2012 4:56 pm

These kids are my friends and family. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. Drugs do that to people. So please stop bad mouthing themselves. Blame addiction. No one knows how hard it is till you’ve been through it, so unless you speak from experience then dont speak at all thanks!


November 28, 2012 2:51 pm

People make a choice to try a drug. You either have an addictive personality or you don’t. You are either strong-minded or you’re not. The world is crazy and offers way to many kids the opportunity to get high either with illegal narcotics or simple cold medicine. How you parent your children has a lot to do with how they turn out and the decisions they make in life. Then again you could be a top notch parent and have that kid that doesn’t fit in bc they are “fat” or “ugly” or “weird” and they fall into the “wrong crowd.” Those children, then, no matter how well they were raised decide to do any and everything they can to “fit in” to that group. Every person on this planet makes their own decisions for their own reasons. All you can do as a parent/friend/adult/law enforcement/etc is try to help them out and get them the help they need so that they can better their lives. Addiction is a disease, yes, you make the decision to help yourself aquire the disease but at a point it is out of your control and the withdrawal symptoms can be everything from flu like symptoms to death. Drugs are ruining many families in Dare county and all over this world but giving children and young adults and adults “help” or “rehab” only fixes the problem if they want help in the first place. Someone has to want to be clean and healthy and live a drug free life. You can ship them off to rehab all you want but unless they want it then it may never actually “help” them. There are also a lot of other reasons people turn to drugs. i.e.- sexual assult, abuse, bullying, lack of common sense, no morals, bad parentsing. The fact is you can fix the addiction if the person wants help but if you can’t also help fix the root of the drug experimenting then you are only putting a bandaide on a severed arm. No one should judge anyone bc no one is perfect. Keep in mind that if it were your family member, friend, or yourself how would you want people to react and handle the situation? These are human beings and they do have families whether good or bad and the main point is SOMEONE IS HURTING in this situation and no negative comments or blaming the county is going to help any of that.


November 28, 2012 11:20 am

Jimmyc & karilee,

That’s exactly what I’m saying.

Drug use crosses the line from a health problem to a societal problem once somebody steals, drives high, or doesn’t take care of their kids etc.

I’m all for having tough laws, but only when someone’s actions directly affect the rest of us. Smoking weed doesn’t generally hurt anyone, but selling heroin sure does.

I just want LEO to focus on property crimes first rather than drug use. They will catch the worst of both offenders that way.

Pennylayne Sullivan

November 28, 2012 11:11 am

Hats off Terah……”the fact is, it could be anyone of your family members. God bless them and their families and may the community work together to get them the help they need”.

This problem is not isolated to our “small town” or the fault of the the state for not providing recreational activities to our youth. If drug addiction hasn’t affected someone you know and love then you are one of the few and fortunate. And I’m not talking about marijuana, I’m talking about Heroin, Coke, Meth, and the ever growing category of prescription drugs.

It is a very sad day when you realize your loved one is a drug addict, my solution….try everything you can. Love them, but give them tough love. Whatever you give your attention to you get more of. If you put them in a place to only focus on drugs that only serves to intensify the focus on drug.

For what it’s worth, here are my thoughts:

If drugs and crime are the life they want to choose then they should see the reality of that lifestyle sooner rather that later. If you truly love them, do not provide your addicted loved one with a comfortable place to live rent free, a cell phone or a vehicle, these things enable them to continue their lifestyle and provide them with a way to procure their drugs. They must do a few basic things to earn those things. Like work a job, pay rent, save money to buy a car, get insurance and pay their own cell phone bills. If they can’t do those things, they can’t have the benefits of them. I like the idea of requiring those convicted of serious drug offenses to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, coupled with an intense community service program of 20 hours a week and 20 hours per week in the class room learning about the negative effects of drugs on their bodies, their families and their communities.

This problem belongs to ALL of us, the solution is in accountability and education. My heart goes out to the family’s of these young people.


November 28, 2012 10:07 am

OBXDAD your idea is good in thery but if you look at the records of alot(not all) of theres “non violent offenders” you’ll see they are also “property theives” to pay for their habit.This is not a guess the house next door to my place of business is a known crack house(owner curently in prison)owner has stolen from us three times we know of

OBX author

November 28, 2012 9:46 am

The Outer Banks was recently rated a top beach for families by a popular news magazine. But Dare County is a bad place for teens and young adults. Especially if you get “stuck” here beyond college age but did not go to secondary ed. and do not come from wealthy background.

Fact is a certain sector of the population is going to do hard drugs and then have trouble because of this. That is a fact. These are sad cases, these are the things communities must deal with.Here in Dare county it is a problem that will find no sympathy.

If you have breast cancer they will have a carnival for you at First Flight High School. But if you dabble in changing the texture of your consciousness as a teen and get caught or are addicted;people look down on you and you are subject to one of the most cracker jack box legal systems in the United States known as Dare County Government.

Even though they live in “paradise” young people are subjected to intense law enforcement tactics, bad public policy, inferior public education, a homogeneous narrow minded cultural mentality.

Car searches, police chases, pregnancies, drug testing in school, long work hours and schedules during the season, resulting in great pay checks but no where “good” to go and hang out in your community.

What seems like it should be a rural lifestyle and small town feel with school teams and skate parks and the beach as our back yard can turn into a groundhog day type existence with a seedy underbelly where teens and young adults dwell.

I do not know what the answer is to this deep and complex problem of drug abuse in this community. But law enforcement alone is probably exacerbating the problem. For starters it is not cost effective or actually prohibitive of the problem at all.

For one thing someone should look at the money spent on prevention and the quality of the work being done by those charged with this task. Because guess what….?

It aint working!


November 28, 2012 8:19 am

Dare Co. be it large or small has a MAJOR DRUG problem! Talk to law enforcement and they will agree. Not sure of the answer but do know it affects all, “smart” or “dumb”! So to say you should not have to help because you did the right thing is absurd! You will think different when you come home to find you were robbed and have lost everything you valued…all because they needed a fix and money to get it…now you are involved :) HELP your community to overcome this evil BEFORE it affects you!! Hold town meetings, what ever it takes to sort this out! Our youth is worth “helping” nop matter how high a pedistal you consider yourself to be on.

Civility on the OBV Please

November 27, 2012 11:12 pm

” Using a fake name to present “nothing but the truth” is not a real confidence booster.”

A little moderation on the forums exercised with this guideline in mind is a good thing, imo. We seem to be an impulsively judgmental community when we’re able to spew our opinions behind the anonymity of the internet.


November 27, 2012 10:20 pm

to obxdad, most likely the majority of thefts are drug related…stealing money and items that can be pawned to support a drug habit.


November 27, 2012 9:47 pm

People need to stop making excuses. There is plenty of help out there. If it was my child I would sell what I have to get them help…especially at that age . . . Who are the enablers for these young adults?


November 27, 2012 9:43 pm

My last comment was deleted too and I didn’t say anything bad either.

Rob Morris

November 27, 2012 9:17 pm

FYI: We don’t post comments that offer uncorroborated “facts” or make additional unproven accusations. Using a fake name to present “nothing but the truth” is not a real confidence booster.

Wanchese Guy

November 27, 2012 8:12 pm

Funny how comments get deleted when it’s nothing but the truth. Guess some people just can’t handle the harsh reality of how it really is, so they delete your cooments. Nice going voice staff.

are you kidding?

November 27, 2012 6:43 pm

dont worry islander, my comments were also deleted…. and I didn’t even call anyone a dumb @%*#. I guess someone is just picking a choosing which comments they agree with


November 27, 2012 5:59 pm

All non violent drug offenders should get community service, and a lot of it.

I don’t want to pay $55,000 a year to keep them in jail.

Plus, we need to keep those jail cells open for property thieves. Too many thefts lately. They are the true scourge of a society, and usually comprised of the worst drug offenders too.

are you kidding?

November 27, 2012 4:37 pm

wanchese girl… high blood pressure and drug addicton have nothing in common. one being voluntary and the through not fault of there on. If you think there is nothing to do here you should move out to the sticks where there is nothing to do work on the farm. And I promise after you are done with the days work you will be to exhausted to even think about drugs much less go find some.. get a job and be a productive member of society.


November 27, 2012 4:25 pm

nothing to do? or do you know how to do nothing?

Wanchese guy

November 27, 2012 4:19 pm

Wanchese girl. You’re right. The lack of things to do for people makes them become drug addicts. Whether meth, weed, pills, etc. Yep that’s it. Those who haven’t been addicted aren’t dumbasses. They’re smart. Or at least smart enough to know better. I guess those who choose a healthy lifestyle now have to take care of those who choose not to? Why should I have to help? I didn’t make them do the drugs, I didn’t supply them, it’s not my fault it’s so boring here that they are addicts. Sickness like high blood pressure? How is that? That’s a medical condition, not a sickness.

Another suggestion

November 27, 2012 3:20 pm

@ karilee…….LOL Dare County is not the smallest county in the state. It is not the smallest by population nor is it by size.

And yes, there are drugs here, but to suggest that we have the largest drug problem in the state is absurd.

Remember, drugs are here and are a problem because people make the conscious decision to use them.


November 27, 2012 1:59 pm

Put them to work filling sandbags for Mirlo beach.
Then spend the night in jail….

Wanchese Girl

November 27, 2012 1:52 pm

There is nothing for young people to do here so dont know where you get off sayin there is plenty to do. Ya if your old or go to church thats it. This place is for the birds. An you dumb ass people that have never had a problem with pills or any of the sort have no clue how hard it is to recover with no help. This is a sickness like high blood pressure an ext. So get a life or help someone in need instead of talking about something you have never benn through.


November 27, 2012 10:47 am

… Dare county is the smallest county in the state with the largest drug problem and the drugs are soooo easy to get. And unfortunately Dare County does not offer a lot of options for help/rehab.


November 27, 2012 9:25 am

Thats not exactly what i meant. It most def is not Dares fault for the drug problem that the county is facing. It is very sad to see these young adults mess their life up so drastically before they even get to really start living . . .


November 27, 2012 9:14 am

wowzers must be living on a different planet than those of us who’ve been paying attention


November 27, 2012 8:56 am

Once again my comments have been deleted. Disappointing as it seems the rest of the comments were in the same vein.

sara allen

November 27, 2012 8:13 am

Amanda Schae Champlin hasn’t been to court for the first thing. Both times the drugs were someone else’s and the people were in her car.
All of the people have families. Y’all might want to remember that when commenting.


November 26, 2012 8:08 pm

Wow!! Sounds like a pretty judgmental community. The fact is, it could be anyone of your family members. God bless them and their families and may the community work together to get them the help they need. Heroin can be a life long addiction. Happy Holidays!


November 26, 2012 7:23 pm

Amanda Schae Champlin, 20, of 180 Dorcas Pond Lane was busted back in June, def. not a first time. I think rehab would be most fitting for these young adults. http://outerbanksvoice.com/2012/06/18/foot-chase-leads-to-heroin-bust-in-wanchese/

sara allen

November 26, 2012 6:41 pm

first time offenders don’t get much jail time.


November 26, 2012 6:28 pm

To “Wowzers”……….So Its the county’s fault that some of the younger set revert to drugs for “recreation”. Interesting concept. I didnt see the term “parent” in your post, or church, or common sense, or respect for law or even respect for SELF. Really ! Weak !


November 26, 2012 6:26 pm

Dear Wowzers,
1. 18-22 is not ‘young’. They are adults.
2. It’s not governments duty to ‘recreate’ the young.
3. Activities for the young? Skateboard, take a walk, build a tree fort, join the scouts, do homework, do yard work, join a church youth group, join a school club, go to the movies, surf/skim, bicycle, dance class, karate class, music lessons, school sports, park & rec sports, fly a kite, build a sand castle, form a garage band, etc, etc, etc.


November 26, 2012 5:41 pm

Getting a job, volunteering, going to college……are a few examples they could do.

are you kidding?

November 26, 2012 4:34 pm

Wowzers. What would you like Dare County to do baby sit children to keep them out of trouble.. How about a little parental responsibilty


November 26, 2012 3:20 pm

Wowzers- there is plenty of recreational things for young kids to do in Dare County. People choose the paths that they take. It’s just unfortunate that it’s so easy to find a bad path- but that’s in most towns (now a day) not just Dare


November 26, 2012 2:34 pm

Wow, i saw on the sheriffs website there was four of them. So young to be ruining their lives before they even get to start living it. Pretty sure the oldest girl has’nt even gone to court for her first heroin bust charge. Maybe if Dare County would actually offer something recreational for young gets to do they wouldnt resort to illegal drugs. It is getting quite ridiculous around here!


November 26, 2012 2:21 pm

How many times does it take for people like this to get some long jail time?

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