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Traffic Stop Nets Over $2M in Cocaine

Posted December 7, 2007

— The Wayne County Sheriff's Office made the biggest cocaine bust in its history on Wednesday night, Sheriff Carey A. Winders announced.

Sgt. Mike Cox and Cpl. Jerry Maxwell stopped a car for speeding on N.C. Highway 55 in Mount Olive around 10:15 p.m. When the two men inside the car acted nervously, the officers became suspicious and asked to search the car. The men gave consent.

Under the back seat, the officers found a non-factory compartment, with an electric motor to control its door. Officers discovered 14 kilos, or approximately 30 pounds, of cocaine inside the compartment.

Those drugs have an estimated street value of more than $2 million, officials said.

"You never know what you are going to get from a speeding motorist," Winders said. "This is the single largest seizure of cocaine in the history of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office."

Officers arrested Eduardo A. Alamanza, 25, and Sergio A. Reyna, 20, both of 281 Nobles Loop Road, Trenton. They were each charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and placed in the Wayne County Detention Facility on separate $1 million bonds.

Winders praised the efforts of Cox and Maxwell, who belong to the Sheriff's Office's Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team, formed in 1996.

"These two officers have received numerous hours of highway interdiction training and are simply good at what they do," Winders said. "The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team ... has enhanced our drug-fighting capability on the highways."


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  • Jokers Wild II Dec 8, 2007

    lovecarolinagutters - meth is a dangerous drug but its so widespread right now it is nowhere near as dangerous as Crack-Cocaine. THe only way meth will ever be as popular is if the production methods are made safer and faster.. right now its a DANGEROUS situation when meth is being cooked, versus the simple and cheap method of cooking crack cocaine.

  • lovecarolinagutters Dec 8, 2007

    MadeinUSA, while your statement is VERY true, The number one evil drug is Meth.

  • daisy Dec 7, 2007

    Good job LEOs!! Hope these guys are outta business for a long while.

  • oldschool Dec 7, 2007

    But hey - on the up side they'll be in prison long enough to qualify for in-state tuition when they get out!

  • oldschool Dec 7, 2007

    "Without genuine "probable cause", the only things these guys could search the car for was evidence in further support of the initial reason for the stop. How do you search for more "speeding" in a parked car? (A man beat a wrap JUST like this a while back, in the US Supreme Court.)"

    What are you talking about? It was a consent search.

  • Jokers Wild II Dec 7, 2007

    Of course they inflated the true value of the drugs, they go by the DEA standards, which is always based on several factors that determines the "price". they got a good bust, and I am sure someone is sweating because they are missing a good shipment right about now!

  • denverbob234 Dec 7, 2007

    The two suspects have such commonly seen names. Aren't thet from the old family that has lived in this area for centuries??? They are descendants of the original signers of the constitution and they're grand-sons of the guy who set up the social security administration. Their uncles have been members of the free masons here in the US for decades. Definately here in the US becuase of natural birth and solid citizens of the country.

  • CSMs Alter Ego Dec 7, 2007

    Nice bust, but the 2 million is a little inflated. I'd say more around 280-300K.

  • one_nc_citizen Dec 7, 2007

    have you ever heard of a crack addict who could not do crack because it was "too hard to find?"

    me either.

    although i'm sure this will make a nice photo op, it's really not going to make a difference overall.

  • leo-nc Dec 7, 2007

    "Since when does an Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team that has "enhanced our drug-fighting capability on the highways" pull someone for speeding?"

    Only constantly, every single day of the week because that's where they find the drugs!!! HP has a unit dedicated to this sort of thing and they do it ALL the time. Guess what? They find a ton of drugs and end up busting huge cases. This has been going on for years, and I'm GLAD they're doing it!