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Traffic stop leads to drug trafficking arrest

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NASHVILLE — Five people were arrested on drug trafficking charges early Saturday after authorities say they found a large amount of heroin in a vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies received information that a man would be transporting a large amount of heroin into Nash County from New Jersey.

Acting on that tip, the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force and the Nash County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Team were able to locate a vehicle exiting Interstate 95 South onto U.S. 64 West.

According to a news release from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was stopped for a moving violation on West Washington Street in Nashville.

The vehicle was searched after a Nash County Sheriff’s Office K-9 alerted to the odor of narcotics on the glove box and passenger door.

The task force and team were able to seize 283 bricks (14,150 bindles) of packaged heroin, along with 101.1 grams of raw heroin. The raw heroin was located in a hidden compartment in the dashboard area of the vehicle, according to the release. Another vehicle involved in this case of trafficking heroin was also stopped.

The five arrested are:

• Michael Green, 55, of Newark, New Jersey, charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin and conspiracy to traffic opium/heroin and given a $1.5 million secured bond;

• Kahdijah Tamirah Smith, 33, of Vauxhall, New Jersey, charged with trafficking opium or heroin and three counts of conspiracy to traffic opium/heroin and given a $1.5 million secured bond;

• Shamsuddi M. Green, 37, of Orange, New Jersey, was charged with four counts of conspiracy to traffic opium/heroin and given a $1 million secured bond;

• Rachine Rendell Green, 42, of Columbus, Ohio, was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic opium/heroin and given a $250,000 secured bond;

• Kawuan Robertson, 38, of Irvington, New Jersey, was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic opium/heroin and given a $250,000 secured bond.

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