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Sampson County traffic stop yields 250 pounds of pot

Posted September 9, 2009 1:50 p.m. EDT
Updated September 9, 2009 2:13 p.m. EDT

— Sampson County sheriff's deputies seized marijuana worth more than $1 million during a traffic stop Tuesday, a spokesman said.

Deputies pulled over a flat-bed truck carrying a large electrical transformer on Grimes Road in the Suttontown community. They had wanted to talk to the driver, Anselmo Diaz-Perez, 19, of 131 Red Ranch Lane in Faison, about a home invasion reported at his home on Aug. 21.


A canine search of the vehicle revealed 21 bales, or approximately 250 pounds, of marijuana, which deputies said had a street value of $1,135,524.


Deputies arrested Perez, charging him with trafficking marijuana by possession, trafficking marijuana by transport, possession with intent to sell or deliver and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or storage of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center, where he was being held on $155,000 bond.