13 kilos of cocaine seized in Durham as part of multi-county bust, deputies say

Durham County News

(Courtesy of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, March 23, 2020)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A traffic stop in Craven County resulted in searches in three different counties that yielded 13 kilograms of cocaine being found in Durham, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

On Thursday around 1 p.m., Craven County deputies were acting on a tip when they made a traffic stop. Upon searching the vehicle, deputies found a shotgun with a laser sight and about $175,000 in cash. The vehicle also had a hidden compartment for transporting illegal drugs, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office said.

The stop resulted in information being developed “about the location of a large quantity of drugs in Durham County,” authorities said.

Durham County investigators then executed a search warrant at a storage facility in Durham. During the search, K-9 Freddie alerted on a container in one of the units, which is where investigators found about 13 kilograms of uncut cocaine, the release said.

Craven County deputies seized another three kilos of uncut cocaine, about $175,000 in cash, firearms, and more after searching two residences. Two men were charged, the release said.

(Courtesy of the Craven County Sheriff’s Office)

The total street value of the drugs seized is about $3.5 million. The investigation is ongoing in both Durham and Craven counties, the release 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,” Sheriff’ Clarence Birkhead said in the release.

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