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Burlington man faces felony drug charges, outstanding out-of-county warrants after traffic stop where he provided false identification


A Burlington man who gave a false identity during a traffic stop Thursday is now facing a series of more serious charges after deputies also noticed drug paraphernalia strew about the car and discovered unserved warrants from other counties.

On Thursday (September 1, 2022), deputies with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Strike Team, along with officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Strike Team were conducting saturation patrols in the city of Burlington.

A vehicle stop was initiated in the parking lot of Home Depot on a car displaying an expired registration plate. When they approached the vehicle, deputies were able to see drug paraphernalia scattered throughout the vehicle. A K9 was utilized and gave a positive indication for narcotics.

The driver provided a false name and date of birth as he could not provide any form of identification. Deputies convinced the driver to provide his true identity, and he ultimately did so; the driver was identified and found to be Deshawn Jamar Heckstall, black, male, age 25, of 823 Collins Drive, Burlington.

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When they searched the vehicle, officers found: 1.67 grams of heroin; 18 grams of suspected liquid methadone; .1 grams of cocaine; and multiple items of drug paraphernalia.

Heckstall also had multiple unserved warrants. He was taken into custody without incident. He was transported and booked into the Alamance County Detention Center.

His new charges include:

1count: Possession with intent to manufacture/sell Heroin;

1count: Felony Possession Schedule II;

1count: Felony Possession of Cocaine;

1count. Felony Identity Theft; and

1count: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Additionally, he was served with outstanding warrants as follows:

  • Warrant for Arrest from Durham County for 1 Count of Felony Larceny;
  • Warrant for Arrest from Forsyth County for 1 count of Felony Larceny; and
  • Order for Arrest for failing to appear from Durham, Orange, Guilford and Forsyth Counties.

He was placed under a $79,500 bond.

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