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Carteret County duo busted for heroin

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BEAUFORT, N.C. -

A traffic stop led to the arrest of two Carteret County men on narcotics charges.

It happened Friday on Highway 70 near Newport.

Deputies said Tuesday that a routine traffic stop revealed the driver, 21-year-old Steven Lester of Beaufort, didn't have a valid driver's license. A search of the vehicle yielded 148 bags of heroin, syringes and $1,800 in cash along with other drug paraphernalia.

Lester and his passenger, 23-year-old Joseph Paul-Bird Costa of Morehead City, were arrested and charged with 3 counts each of Trafficking in Heroin. Lester was also charged with Felony Maintaining a Vehicle to Keep, Sell or Store a Controlled Substance, No Operators License
and DWI.

Additionally, Lester and Costa were served with other charges stemming from an undercover
operation conducted by the Sheriff's Office. Lester was charged with Sell and Deliver Heroin and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Heroin. He was placed in the Carteret County Jail under a $103,000 bond.

Costa was charged with 2 counts of Sell and Deliver Heroin, 3 counts of Possession
With Intent to Sell and Deliver Heroin and Felony Maintaining a Dwelling to Keep, Sell
or Store a Controlled Substance. He was booked into the Carteret County Jail under a
$250,000 secured bond.

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