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Raleigh man arrested with drugs, $7K worth of stolen purses

Posted May 29, 2018 2:46 p.m. EDT
Updated May 29, 2018 5:13 p.m. EDT

Meico Vashon Bynum

— A Raleigh man faces drug and theft charges after the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office found marijuana, crack and more than $7,000 worth of stolen handbags in his car during a traffic stop Sunday outside Rocky Mount.

When Meico Vashon Bynum, 43, of 3150 Slippery Elm Drive in Raleigh, pulled up to a license checkpoint on N.C. Highway 43, a deputy smelled pot and asked to search Bynum's 2015 Nissan Altima. After Bynum handed over a gram of marijuana, deputies found 11 grams of crack cocaine in a money bag between the seat and console and 18 designer handbags in the trunk. A representative from Nordstrom identified the handbags by barcodes and estimated their value at over $7,200.

Bynum was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession with intention to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for storage of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.