Traffic stop leads to cocaine bust

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Jaquan Fredrick McLean


Staff Writer

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A traffic stop this weekend along U.S. 64 resulted in two people being arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine. 

Jaquan Fredrick McLean, 20, of Clinton, and Areona Alyzah Middleton, 20, of Weldon, were both charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. 

According to a press release from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, members of Platoon 4 of the Patrol Division stopped a dark colored Nissan Altima with expired 30-day license plate tags for a traffic violation about 9 p.m. Saturday at mile-marker 453 on U.S. 64 West near South Old Franklin Road. Officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle when they approached the people inside the automobile.

A search of the vehicle by deputies found a hidden natural void in the vehicle inside the center console, which contained 200 grams of powdered cocaine. McLean and Middleton were later arrested and charged.

They both were jailed under $75,000 secured bonds in the Nash County Detention Center. Capt. Eddie Moore of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said both remain in custody.