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Nash deputies seize $150K of cocaine, arrest three

Posted March 9, 2011 5:08 p.m. EST

— A month-long investigation by the Nash County Sheriff's Office and State Bureau of Investigation culminated Tuesday with three arrests and the seizure of nearly 1,600 grams of cocaine.

Acting on a tip, sheriff's deputies tried to stop Ronald Kyle Viverette along U.S. Highway 301, near Rocky Mount, authorities said. He and his passenger, Stanley Eugene Deese, were arrested after a short chase.

County investigators said they seized approximately 1,000 grams of cocaine from the car and another 590 grams from a residence at 1701 Benvenue Road. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $150,000, investigators said.

A resident of that address, Clyde Douglas Rowe, was also arrested.

Investigators said they also seized $29,000 in cash from Viverette, who runs K&L Motors on South Church Street in Rocky Mount.

Viverette, 35, of 24046 N.C. Highway 48 in Enfield, was charged with three counts of trafficking cocaine, two counts of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and one count each of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, injury to personal property and resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. He was given a $1 million secured bond.

Rowe, 57, and Deese, 47, of 2540 Arlington St. Extension in Rocky Mount, were charged with trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to traffic cocaine. They were given separate $200,000 secured bonds.