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NC men arrested in marijuana-trafficking ring

Posted February 24, 2011

— Federal drug agents have arrested men from Raleigh and Goldsboro during a several months-long investigation of a marijuana-trafficking organization operating in multiple states.

Winston Cheng, 35, of 3919 Griffi's Glen Drive in Raleigh, and Paul Twain, 40, of 171 A Forest Knolls Road in Goldsboro, each face charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and conspiracy to traffic marijuana from 50 to 2,000 pounds.

Agents with the Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Squad said that Cheng was arrested during a traffic stop last Wednesday, and agents seized six pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $9,500.

During subsequent searches, agents found more drug paraphernalia and nearly $130,000 in U.S. currency, authorities said.

Twain was arrested in New York and is awaiting extradition. Cheng was placed in the Wayne County jail under a $3.15 million secured bond.

Other agencies helping in the investigation include the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agencies field offices in Raleigh and New York, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Raleigh and New Bern police departments, and Wake and Lenoir County sheriff's offices.


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  • dbik1t0 Mar 3, 2011

    I am so tired of seeing stories about marijuana busts. It's bad enough that these guys are going to be ruined by the system our oh-so-great country has set up for people that water and sell flowers. Seriously, when are we going to see a story from the other side of the argument? Why not spin a story about how the FDA is in the works of approving a plant-derived THC medicine called Sativex? Also, when I say plant-derived, I mean the medicine is the EXACT SAME as what's in the plant. Does it even make sense to make a spray/pill/etc. for something that already occurs naturally? I guess it's not OK to get high unless you pay Big Pharma to help you out. What kind of nonsense is that? Push your legislators to legalize marijuana! You're only hurting yourselves by blindly following all of this propaganda your being spoon fed.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 25, 2011

    Legalizing marijuana will keep more money in our pockets and make America (and the world) a safer place.

    It would reduce Mexican drug cartel income by 20% to 50%. ( www.newsweek.com/2010/07/17/how-legal-pot-could-harm-the-cartels.html )

    “...with heavy drug-related violence plaguing the U.S.-Mexican border, some analysts and policymakers now say that America should legalize weed in order to reduce the power of Mexico’s drug cartels....Marijuana carries the least amount of overhead cost for many of the cartels and provides some of their cash flow for buying guns and influence. Estimates vary, but analysts say pot accounts for somewhere in the range of 20 to 50 percent of the cartels’ profits.”

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 25, 2011

    If you want marijuana outlawed and you call yourself a conservative or a “less government” person... how do you justify using the government to create laws, create an entire drug enforcement agency & then pay billions per year to maintain this government...only to use this to restrict the personal freedom of consensting adults who want to enjoy a simple weed?

  • lizard Feb 24, 2011

    "Alcohol has killed more people than all illicit drugs combined."

    Let's outlaw it too then.

  • domotamasi Feb 24, 2011

    I am a 60 yr old man and I think it is absolutley stupid not to legalize marijana, you will have control of the drug and you canset it up like liquor stores and control who buys it and use the tax money to get us out of the hole we are in". Nothing is black and white. Case in point is the trial currently going on for the ex-doctor Cook and the young woman that was the victim of his use and abuse of a legalized mind altering substance. No easy answers here but the freedom to have everyone stoned that wants to be is probably not a good idea.

  • NCHighlander Feb 24, 2011

    Unbelievable. With all the stuff going on "The heathen devil weed" still gets this kind of coverage. Get a life and a TV America.
    Here is a super fact for you folks. Alcohol has killed more people than all illicit drugs combined. Think about it.

  • gotsomesense Feb 24, 2011

    Could somebody explain to me why some dudes moving/selling pot are under a bond that is over 3 million dollars and a "grandmother" (and I use the term very loosely) can torture an eight year old child and be under a bond that is less than 10% of the drug dealer's bond? That says a tremendous amount about what is wrong with this country. I agree, legalize, tax and regulate. Regulation would include not driving under the influence...

  • truth9806 Feb 24, 2011

    yes lets make it easier for our citizens to be dopier and less responsible than they are now! Now that moving forward!

  • blackdog Feb 24, 2011

    "Wait till your sitting at a red light and your car gets plowed by someone a smoking a harmless joint. You'll change your tune. It happened to me. The kid was stoned out of his mind. Don't come back with alcohol, not for that either. map1agmachining Me too. Nothing should be made legal that changes state of mind and marijuana does, my car was totalled because a guy fell asleep while high."
    I was sitting at a stop light, when a woman ran into my rear. WHAM ! What was she on ? .....A cell phone.

  • Jackstraw23 Feb 24, 2011

    Please can we not follow the lead of the other states that are taking advantage of the HUGE tax revenues that come along with legalization of this herb.....Jesus NC I know we are near the buckle of the bible belt ...... It is time to loosen up several notches ......please wake up, this is not 1950....its 2011...