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Routine Check in Cumberland County Nets Guns

Posted April 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A routine check of the bus station for drugs netted instead a cache of guns, and has diverted two travelers who had been heading to New York. They are now in Cumberland County jail.

I-95 has long been a conduit for drugs along the east coast; now Fayetteville law officers are wondering if moving guns is part of the picture as well.

Fayetteville Sgt. Edwin Burns says guns have been picked up in the past, but not so many as this haul, which included 12 hand guns, 10 boxes of bullets, $1000 in cash, a counterfeit bill and bogus paychecks as well.

The property was found in travel bags. Now police have Richard Germany and Quentin Mims, both from Georgia, in custody. Each has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Officials say guns can be bought in the South relatively cheaply, taken to New York and resold at significant profit. They say that Mims and Germany may have been involved in an illegal operation that extended from Florida to New York.

The ATF and Secret Service have both joined the Fayetteville investigation.