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NC men arrested in marijuana-trafficking ring

Posted February 24, 2011 10:52 a.m. EST
Updated February 24, 2011 6:53 p.m. EST

— 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.