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Drug Busts Business of Day in Fayetteville

Posted February 7, 1997

— There was another major haul for narcotics officers working the Fayetteville bus station Friday Police found what they believe to be about a kilogram of cocaine with a street value of about $100,000.

Police arrested Jose Sanchez of Puerto Rico, who allegedly carried the drugs. He faces several drug related charges.

But even that wasn't the biggest bust of the day in Fayetteville. A few hours later, narcotics officers stopped a car and found what they called a major stash of cocaine they think was destined for the streets of Fayetteville.

In the second case, police say they were acting on a tip from a reliable source who said a major delivery was on its way into town from Miami. Police set up a surveillance net using nine cars. They waited 14 hours before spotting the suspect's vehicle.

All nine police vehicles converged on the suspect's rental car at once, giving him no means of escape. Police Sgt. Phil Watson says they found more than two kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of over $200,000. The drugs, he says, were hidden by an expert smuggler.

Three people were in the rental car when police stopped it. All are now under arrest. Two are from Miami, including Curtis Gilmore. Police identified the driver as Paul Hester, who recently moved from Miami to Fayetteville, according to police.

The three people arrested appeared before a magistrate Friday afternoon. All face charges including drug trafficking.

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