The Nash County Sheriff’s Office has announced details of two major drug related seizures on Interstate 95 this week.
This morning (Friday), the sheriff’s office Highway Interdiction Team stopped a Toyota Camry for a traffic violation on I-95 southbound at the 148 mile marker. During the deputies became suspicious about the occupants and a sheriff’s K-9 was brought to the scene. The K-9 alerted on the odor of possible narcotics. During a search 4 kilos of cocaine were found in a duffle bag in the truck.
The driver, Jerime Alvarez, 29, of Kissimmee, Florida and passenger, Edwin Joel Rodriguez Lopez, 25, of Syracuse, NY were arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transportation, felony possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for the purposes of selling or delivering a controlled substance. The DEA is also assisting with the case.
Earlier this week in an unrelated traffic stop on I-95 the Highway Interdiction Team stopped a car and suspected criminal activity. During a search of the vehicle a large undisclosed amount of cash was seized. The occupants in the car denied knowing the large sum of US currency was in the vehicle. The money was seized and turned over to the DEA for further follow-up investigation. The suspects were not charged with any crime and were released.
Sheriff’s Captain Eddie Moore said, “We don’t believe either of these traffic stops to be directly related to the other, but just shows that drug trafficking is a thriving and well-orchestrated business. The Highway Interdiction Team has been successful, not only this week, but in the past few months, in doing their part to put a dent in the drug trafficking that travels into and through Nash County on a daily basis.”