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Published August 28, 2013, 05:03 PM

Heroin Bust: From victim to suspect

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The victim of an alleged carjacking and armed robbery is now behind bars, accused of dealing heroin.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead man who claims he was the victim in a Fargo carjacking last week is now the suspect in a large-scale drug bust.

21-year-old Wyatt Brown is behind bars after Fargo police found the most heroin they've seized in the last 10 years.

Brown appeared in court this morning where he pleaded not guilty and a judge set bail at $50,000.

His arrest came late last night after police used a K-9 and executed a search warrant of his vehicle, parked in the 3500 block of Interstate Boulevard.

Inside Brown's car, police say they found heroin, cash and a whole lot more.

Lt. Joel Vettel- Fargo Police: "It certainly is the largest heroin seizure we've seen in the community in the last decade."

When authorities searched Wyatt Brown's red Mitsubishi Eclipse, not only did they find 12 grams of heroin, but a prescription drug called Hydromorphone, a digital scale, and more than $1,300 in cash.

Vettel: "12 grams, to put that in perspective, might seem like small amount."

But, actually, it's enough for nearly 500 heroin hits. Fargo police had been working with Brown after he told them he was the victim in a carjacking case early last week.

Vettel: “Can we say are these connected? We can certainly say they're intertwined."

WDAY caught up with Brown the very next day.

Wyatt Brown- Carjacking Interviewee: “Once I stopped is when he pulled the gun on me and was like, ‘Get out of the car. I'm going to shoot you if you don't get out.’"

He told us three men assaulted him.

Brown: “And the next thing I know is I am on the ground and they're just beating the crap out of me.”

Vettel: “There were some concerns and questions about the details that were provided by Mr. Brown about the circumstances of that case."

Police would not say if the carjacking case may have been drug-related, but call heroin a drug that could quickly devastate our community.

Vettel: “That's why we are certainly doing all we can to prevent these types of activities in our community and put people in jail that are dealing drugs.”

Brown is charged with heroin possession with intent to deliver and possession of a schedule two narcotic, both felonies carrying up to 20 years in prison, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

We put a call into Brown inside the Cass County Jail, but he did not want to comment.

Police are still investigating both cases. They say they have not been able to find any suspects in the carjacking incident and more arrests in the drug case are possible.