Traffic stop leads to cocaine bust

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Mattalyn Maria Flowers

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Staff Writer

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people from Georgia on Thursday after authorities confiscated nearly $600,000 worth of cocaine during a traffic stop on Interstate 95.

Mattalyn Maria Flowers, 25, and Jamirah Ellis Willis Jr., 21, were both charged with trafficking cocaine, felony possession of cocaine and felony possession of marijuana. Flowers and Willis were jailed under $2 million secured bonds each at the Nash County Detention Center. They both had a first court appearance on Friday.

Authorities said deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office Higway Interdiction Team stopped a car on I-95 north of Goldrock near mile-marker 148. Flowers and Willis indicated to authorities they were traveling to Emporia, Va. However, during the stop, deputies became suspicious of criminal activity and found probable cause to search the vehicle.

The sheriff’s office said deputies found 3.9 kilograms of cocaine, one pound of marijuana and a handgun inside the vehicle. The cocaine has a street value of $588,000.

Deputies added with a destination of Virginia, there is no doubt this seizure prevented the cocaine from entering back into North Carolina at the street level.