GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A New Bern man charged with trafficking heroin was taken down by a beanbag round while attempting to run away from officers at a Burger King parking lot in Greenville Tuesday, the Greenville Police Department said.
Officers said Leon Earl Outerbridge Jr., 44, was trafficking heroin from Craven County into Pitt County.
When officers attempted to arrest him at the Burger King parking lot on Charles Boulevard, he began to flee toward the road, Greenville police said. Officers said they used a bean bag round to stop him and prevent him from entering heavy traffic.
Outerbridge refused EMS and was not injured, officers said.
Following his arrest, detectives with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, along with New Bern police, conducted a search warrant at Outerbridge’s New Bern home.
Outerbridge was charged with eight counts of trafficking heroin, one count of maintaining a vehicle and one count of resisting a public officer.
He is being held at Pitt County Detention Center in lieu of $2 million bail.
The arrest was part of a several month heroin trafficking investigation concluded by the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force, New Bern Police Department, Craven County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Detectives seized 106 grams of heroin and $1,100 during the course of the investigation.