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2 Illegal Immigrants Busted; $1M in Cocaine Seized

Posted April 13, 2007 9:26 p.m. EDT
Updated April 14, 2007 4:55 a.m. EDT

— Cumberland County deputies confiscated almost $1 million in cocaine following a routine traffic stop Friday, authorities said.

Deputies pulled over a 2001 Ford Explorer on Hope Mills Road at about noon Friday. A search of the vehicle turned up nine kilograms of cocaine hidden behind the driver's and passenger's seats, authorities said.

Javier Perez Zuniga, 25, and Roberto Silva-Tavira, 35, are charged with trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transportation and conspiracy to traffic cocaine. They being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on $250,000 secured bonds in connection with the seizure.

Both men are illegal immigrants and are residing at an unknown address in Fayetteville, authorities said.