Durham, NC- (March 23, 2020) - As part of an ongoing investigation, the Durham County Sheriff's Office, Craven County Sheriff's Office, DEA, and the State Bureau of Investigation served multiple search warrants in three (3) counties on Thursday, March 19 after a traffic stop in Craven County.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on March 19th, deputies from the Craven County Sheriff's Office acted on a tip and conducted a traffic stop in their jurisdiction. As a result of the stop, information was developed about the location of a large quantity of drugs in Durham County, approximately 135 miles away. Investigators from the Durham County Sheriff's Anti-Crime and Narcotics Unit (SAC/Narc) and the K9 unit executed a search warrant at a storage facility located in Durham. While tracking at the location, K9 Freddie alerted on a container in a storage unit. When it was opened, approximately 13 kilos of uncut cocaine was located inside.
Craven County deputies seized an additional three (3) kilos of uncut cocaine, approximately $175,000 in cash, firearms, and other items as a result of the traffic stop and subsequent searches in their jurisdiction. Two men were charged.
Sheriff Birkhead said, "This is a clear example of the excellent working relationship we have with fellow law enforcement across the entire state of North Carolina. In this specific case, we will continue working with sheriff's offices across the state to fight crime."
Once cut, the total drugs seized would amount to around 35,000 salable grams. The total street value of the drugs seized is approximately $3.5-million dollars. This investigation is ongoing in both counties.
Additional details about this case was released during a news conference by Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes and the Drug Enforcement Agency in New Bern earlier today. Please visit their Facebook Page
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