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$2M In Drugs Found, But Who Left Them A Mystery For Wake Investigators

Posted June 28, 2006 7:10 a.m. EDT

— Usually in drug raids, investigators have suspects first, and the actual drugs follow. But for Wake County sheriff's investigators, it's the other way around for one particular case.

"In 39 years, I've seen a lot of things, but you never say you've seen it all because something like this comes along," said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

In the early-morning hours of June 14, deputies found $2 million worth of drugs -- 2,300 pounds of marijuana and 25 pounds of cocaine -- unattended in an 18-wheeler left running in the parking lot of Triangle Shopping Center in Zebulon.

The light blue Kenworth truck's lights were on, the keys were in the ignition and the truck was still running, authorities said. But there was no driver.

"Something about this truck just wasn't right," Harrison said. "And without revealing a lot of things, we called in a drug dog and the drug dog alerted on it and gave us probable cause to search."

Inside the truck, hidden underneath legitimate cargo, was one of the county's bigger drug busts. The truck had Texas tags, but who owns it, who was driving it and where it was going, are still a mystery.

"We don't know the answer yet, but I feel like it'll piece together sooner or later," Harrison said.

The good news, he said, is that no matter what the story is, the drugs are off the street. In fact, most were burned in a New Hanover County incinerator last week.