Police Get Called To Hotel, Make Substantial Drug Bust

Smithfield Police seized narcotics with a potential street value of nearly $10,000 after responding to a local hotel.

Last Friday, police received a call from staff at the Baymont at 125 S. Equity Drive reporting a patron had failed to check out on time and was located in his room “out of it.”

Police reportedly found 22 year-old Zachery Paul Cusson of Garner in a room along with a quantity of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.  Officers said they seized 86.6 grams of suspected methamphetamines, 0.4 grams of cocaine, 0.4 grams of suspected ketamine, four plastic bottles of an unknown liquid, 10 syringes including two filled with a clear fluid, drug packaging materials, a counterfeit bill detector, lockbox, and $911 in cash.

Police Captain R. Sheppard said, “The seized narcotics will be sent to the North Carolina Crime Lab for an official identification. Additional charges may be pending upon the Crime Lab’s analysis of the four bottles of unknown liquid found in Cusson’s possession.”

Cusson was charged with trafficking methamphetamines, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and possession with intent to sell or deliver ketamine. He was incarcerated in the Johnston County Jail under a $150,000 bond.

“Actions taken by the hotel staff and the officers that responded to this call helped prevent these illicit narcotics from being distributed in and around Smithfield,” Captain Sheppard told JoCoReport.  Anyone who has any information about criminal law or narcotic violations can contact the Smithfield Police Department Tip Line at 919-989-8835 or send an anonymous email.