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Traffic stop nets alleged dealers

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BY WILLIAM F. WEST
Staff Writer

Friday, March 22, 2019

Two Florida residents are in custody in Nash County on charges of trafficking in illegal drugs after deputies discovered the car they were in on Interstate 95 allegedly had nearly $100,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine aboard.

Ladarrius Jenkins, 26, and Tynai Williams, 27, both of Orlando, were arrested on Wednesday morning after a search of a 2015 Dodge Dart after a traffic violation stop at mile-marker 135, said Capt. Allen Wilson of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

Approximately 1.4 ounces of heroin and nearly 21 ounces of crack cocaine were confiscated, Wilson said.

“That’s a lot of drugs,” Wilson said, estimating the street value of the illegal substances at probably close to the $100,000 mark.

Jenkins and Williams were heading north on I-95 from Florida, supposedly to Maryland, and an investigation is ongoing to find out how the two allegedly obtained the drugs, Wilson said.

Jenkins was jailed under a $500,000 secured bond and Williams was jailed under a $300,000 secured bond, both at the Nash County Detention Center.

Both are charged with felony trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in opium or heroin and conspiring to sell and deliver cocaine.

Both also are charged with three misdemeanor offenses: simple possession of marijuana; possession of half an ounce to 1½ ounces of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The traffic stop occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, after the driver of a car failed to slow or shift away from another law enforcement officer’s car, Wilson said.

The stop occurred in the area of I-95 between the Sandy Cross Road/West Mount Drive and U.S. 64 interchanges.

After the stop, a man was found to have been the driver, with a female passenger inside the car and with the inside of the car strongly smelling of marijuana, Wilson said.

The car was searched and under the hood, taped packages were found hidden in the engine compartment, specifically near the radiator, Wilson said.

“That’s a lot of narcotics to be traveling up and down the highway, one,” Wilson said. “In my opinion, what we do saves lives every day when we take that kind of stuff off the highway. We’re affecting life, whether we’re preventing a death of someone or preventing somebody else from being addicted to it.

“To us, it is making the impact, little by little.”

Additionally, Wilson said federal drug enforcement authorities have been contacted about the case and said they, along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, are investigating.

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