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On May 8, a North Carolina man was arrested after over 100 pounds of cocaine was allegedly found in his vehicle. The drug bust was reportedly the largest to ever take place in Lincoln County.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, deputies pulled over a vehicle that committed multiple traffic violations and appeared to be engaging in "suspicious activities". During the traffic stop, a K-9 narcotics officer conducted an open-air sniff around the vehicle and signaled that drugs may be inside of it. Deputies then searched the vehicle and found 117 pounds of cocaine. The drugs have an estimated street value of $6.4 million.

The driver of the vehicle, a 48-year-old Goldsboro resident, was arrested and transported to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center for processing. He has been charged with felony trafficking in cocaine by possession, felony trafficking in cocaine by transport and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance. He is being held on a $2 million bond. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, the Huntersville Police Department, the Cornelius Police Department, and the Pineville Police Department.

Individuals arrested for cocaine possession or trafficking could face severe consequences, including years in prison and steep fines. However, people are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, they have the right to be represented by counsel. An attorney could examine the evidence and look for details that could be used in a defendant's favor, which could help get the charges dropped. In some cases, legal counsel may recommend arranging a plea deal with prosecutors. This strategy could get the charges reduced and help the defendant obtain a lighter sentence.

Source: Charlotte Observer, "100-plus pounds of cocaine seized in county's 'largest drug bust ever,' NC cops say", Noah Feit, May 9, 2019

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