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Two face drug charges after traffic stop in Jones Co.

Posted July 20, 2008 9:49 p.m. EDT

— Two people face drug possession charges after being arrested during a traffic stop in Jones County, police said.

At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 70 east near Tilghman Road. During the stop, a trooper found a package inside the vehicle that appeared to be powder cocaine.

A thorough search of the vehicle revealed 2,200 grams of powder cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. U.S. currency totaling $140 was also seized.

The cocaine seized has a street value of $220,000.

Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested and charged with numerous violations of the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act.

Marie Karyne Charles, 32, of 11 NW 47 Terrace in Miami, Fla., and Montreal Torez Johnson, 36, of 430 Belltown Road in Dover, are both charged with three counts of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, manufacture cocaine and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.

Charles is also charged with maintaining a vehicle for the purposes of keeping controlled substances.

Both were being held under $1 million bonds.