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Traffic stop leads to cocaine, pot bust in Stantonsburg

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Police say this marijuana, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash was discovered during an early Saturday traffic stop in Stantonsburg.
Police say this marijuana, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash was discovered during an early Saturday traffic stop in Stantonsburg.
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STANTONSBURG — A dimmed headlight led police to cocaine, marijuana, cash and a concealed gun early Saturday, Police Chief Orlando Rosario said.

K-9 Officer Terry Williams Jr. stopped a car for a headlamp violation at 12:40 a.m. in Stantonsburg and searched the vehicle after K-9 Aaron alerted to the presence of narcotics, Rosario said in a news release.

Police seized two Mason jars containing marijuana with a street value of roughly $1,200 and cocaine with a street value of about $500 along with $2,038 in cash.

“Great job by K-9 Officer Williams and K-9 Aaron of removing these drugs off the street,” Rosario said in the release.

Wilson resident Gena N. Barnes, 25, who was driving the car, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and cited for a headlamp violation.

The passenger, 32-year-old Michael Barnes Jr. of Wilson, was arrested on charges of felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle to store marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Michael Barnes was booked into the Wilson County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond pending a first court appearance Monday.

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