Traffic stop yields crystal meth worth $130K - WNCT

Traffic stop yields crystal meth worth $130K

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KINSTON, N.C. - A traffic stop in Kinston leads to an arrest for possessing four pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy conducted a vehicle stop on a vehicle with out of state tags on Highway 70 near Highway 11 and 55 in Kinston. The traffic stop was conducted for a traffic violation on a vehicle with a Georgia license plate.

During the traffic stop, Sgt. Walt Howard requested assistance from a Lenoir County Sheriff’s Canine Deputy who came to the scene and used his canine partner to conduct a search of the vehicle. The canine was alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics.

A search of the vehicle yielded approximately four pounds of crystal methamphetamine what was hidden in a fabricated compartment. The seized methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $130,000.

“This seizure and arrest occurred as a result of our proactive enforcement of minor violations that in many cases leads to a much larger arrest based on the investigative skills of our deputies.  It is commonly known that many drug dealers have their drugs transported to various locations using standard passenger vehicles.” Said Sheriff Chris Hill. “The use of canines, which are trained to alert when they detect the odor of these narcotics, provides an advantage to deputies in finding these substances.  While canines are expensive they are worth the investment.”

Bolivar Gomez Flores, 51, of Atlanta, Ga. was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle for keep and sell of controlled substance. He is being held in the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond.

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