3 Teens Arrested During Princeton Traffic Stop

Three Johnston County teenagers were arrested during a traffic stop on Highway 70 East near Princeton at 11:23pm Friday.

A Johnston County Sheriff’s SAFE Team deputy was on patrol on the eastbound side of Highway 70 and noticed a Chevy Impala weaving in the travel lane. The deputy stopped the vehicle and reportedly determined the 18 year-old driver was impaired.  Suspected marijuana, cocaine and prescription pills were reportedly found in the car.  Deputies also seized was a .380 handgun and ammunition allegedly found hidden under a seat.

The driver, Efrain Villa Mora, 18, of Myrtle Road, Selma was charged with possession of cocaine, driving while impaired and driving after consuming under age 21.  Officers said Mora registered 0.18 on the Breathalyzer, above the legal limit of 0.08 in North Carolina.

Both passengers were also arrested.  Nathan Alexander Cruse, 18, of Bugshop Road, Princeton was charged with carrying a concealed gun, simple possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dakota Connor Bowen, 18, of Ginger Drive, Princeton was charged with carrying a concealed gun, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Mora was given a $10,000 bond and the car he was driving was impounded.  Bowen was given a $5,000 bond. Cruse was given a $4,000 bond.