One Pound Of Crystal Meth Seized

NEWTON GROVE – A wanted person was arrested and a large amount of suspected crystal methamphetamine was seized during a traffic stop in Newton Grove. Around 2:00pm Tuesday, the Sampson Country Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Team conducted a traffic stop on U.S 13 near South Church Avenue for a registration violation.

During the vehicle stop, deputies discovered the driver was wanted in Lenoir County on outstanding warrants for absconding from probation. A K-9 scan of the vehicle yielded a positive alert to the odor of narcotics. As a result, a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted, and deputies located approximately one pound of crystal methamphetamine inside of the vehicle. The narcotics had a potential street value of $10,000.

The driver, William Downes, 45, of James A. Boone Road in La Grange was taken into custody and charged with trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking methamphetamine by transport, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Downes was also served with 8 outstanding arrest warrants from Lenoir County. He was held on a $288,000 secured bond in the Sampson County Detention Center.

“To the criminals, our message could not be clearer. Our deputies will continue to be vigilant in their duties to protect our communities from those who peddle in illegal activities,” said Sampson County Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith.

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