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Marijuana Found in Wilson

Posted January 6, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Two men and nearly 250 pounds of marijuana are now in custody after a drug bust in Wilson

Authorities say it is the largest marijuana haul ever in Wilson County. Ironically, one of the suspects inthisbust held the previous record of 140 pounds of the drug. Deputies say both of these suspects are major contributors to the drug problem in eastern North Carolina.

The confiscated marijuana is said to have a street value of about $225,000. It is believed that one of the men brought the drugs north from Texas and that the other, 47-year-old Donnie Earl Lewis, is the local connection.

The pot is on its way to the State Bureau of Investigation, but Wilson County Sheriff Wayne Gay says he thinks this bust will do little to deter local drug trade.

Gay says the two suspects make their living from transporting and selling drugs. He found money wrappers for thousands of dollars in the same home where the drugs were found. Gay says it is frustrating because Lewis is already out of jail on $10,000 bond.

Sheriff Gay said he is going to a district court judge to attempt to have the bond raised and put Lewis back behind bars.