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Police Arrest Alleged Drug Kingpins

Posted January 9, 1997

— Wilson police say they've rounded up some of the largest drug suppliers in eastern North Carolina. Officers say the three men arrested Thursday were responsible for millions of dollars worth of drugs that came into the state.

Police arrested Jeffrey "Cookieman" Moore, Richard Ashby and Christopher Richard. The men are accused of supplying street dealers with crack cocaine. Wilson Police Chief Willie Williams says the three men brought in about $400,000 worth of drugs every week.

Williams says they did not take any drugs in the bust because these men are too far up the drug selling ladder to have drugs lying around. But police did confiscate five cars, some real estate, drug money, and other items they say were bought with drug money.

The U.S. Attorney's office cooperated in the arrest so they could arrest the three on federal charges. Police say they worried the men would be back out soon if other charges had been filed.

More arrests are expected.

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