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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust

Posted June 27, 2007 7:17 p.m. EDT
Updated June 27, 2007 8:26 p.m. EDT

— Police made one of the largest Ecstasy seizures in the history of the Durham Police Department during a Wednesday morning traffic stop on Interstate 85.

An officer from the department’s Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a Dodge Charger with rental tags at 8:50 a.m. on southbound I-85 at Duke Street for speeding and following too close, police said. Officers searched the vehicle and found 2,495 Ecstasy pills worth approximately $65,000, 37 grams of marijuana and more than $12,000 in cash, police said.

An occupant of the vehicle gave officers two false names before they determined he was Gary Gayle, 41, of Kingston, Jamaica.

Gayle had been deported from the U.S. in 1998 after a murder and apparently re-entered the country illegally, police said. He was traveling from New York to Atlanta when the car was stopped, police said.

He was charged with two counts of trafficking in Ecstasy and one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver. Two other occupants of the car weren't charged.