17 Pounds Of Meth Found In Horse Saddles

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC - Lawmen say it is one of the biggest drug busts ever in Eastern Carolina, and among the largest in the state.

Duplin County authorities say they have seized a total of 17 pounds of meth that was hidden in horse saddles. The value of those drugs is believed to be in excess of $1 million.

To view the pictures of the meth, click the PHOTOS tab at the top of the story

Jose Almendarez-Carcamo of Magnolia is in jail on a $1.5 million bond. Sheriff Blake Wallace says Carcamo is an illegal immigrant, believed to be from Honduras.

The sheriff says others are believed to be involved and more arrests are possible.

"I look at it not only as a victory for law enforcement, but the community as well. This is meth that would've ended up in the hands of our children. So any time we can keep this poison off the streets, then I think we've done a good days work," said Sheriff Mason.

Carcamo was arrested last Tuesday near Rose Hill when authorities say they found three pounds of meth. An additional 14 pounds of meth was later uncovered.

Wallace says their investigation started when his department received a tip about meth trafficking in the area.


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  • by Someone Location: Wallace on Sep 2, 2010 at 07:28 PM
    I think hes not guilty until he said he did it, maybe he was set up no one should go to jail with out a fair decision. I knew the guy good and i know he wouldn't do that to his family. So hes an immigrant it doesnt mean hes a drug dealer or lazy like some people say. And to Sam, i no well as hell ur not perfect and you've have done some thing bad i ur life so stop talking.
  • by Norm Location: Duplin Co. on Jul 6, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.
  • by charlene Location: MAGNOLIA on Jun 5, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    Hello everyone my name is charlene castro and i am here to defend the father of my 2 kids Jose Arturo Almendarez-Carcamo i want to say to all the detectives and sheriffs in duplin county when have they found drugs at the house they came here with a warrant and left with absolutely nothing... do you have any evidence did you take these kids...no right because if you did found anything here social services would have gotten involved you all have not found nothing, even right before you all left ya'll said and I quote "all clear" if anybody has questions send me an e-mail Jose was never involved with drugs at all what he had in his car that's a maybe but here at the house you didn't find ANYTHING.
  • by Wilma on Jun 3, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    I think that many people in this country have become so brainwashed into thinking that breaking the law is not only acceptable, but it also comes without consequences. Shame on the appropriate personnel for allowing this attitude and way of living. It's the American way after all; get away with whatever you can, take take take, and heck with the law. Those of you that are legal citizens, work hard for a living, and give back to this great country: I commend you. We are quickly becoming a minority population when it comes to that attitude though.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 2, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    To wife of an illegal immigrant, if you were my daughter, I would cut you off of my will and not claim you for that. How can you forgive these people when they were one of the driving forces causing an unsafe America with a horrible economy? Maybe both of you should go to whatever his home nation is.
  • by RickD Location: Tarboro nc on Jun 2, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    Okay Dean's List.....congrats on your hard work at ECU. I'm assuming your education is being paid through student loans?? You ask why people are so ignorant. Are you questioning the ignorance of legal citizens who feel that being an illegal immigrant is a disgrace to our country? It sure sounds to me like you are. And you better believe it bothers me that illegals get the same treatment, the same medical care, the same opportunities as LEGAL citizens. But, lets just continue to sweep it under the rug. You have every reason to be proud of your parents; I won't take that away from you. But how does that make hard working United States citizens feel? What your parents did was not right. You said you were raised by illegal immigrants. They broke the law. There is no other way around it.
  • by ECU Dean's List Student Location: G.Vegas!! on May 31, 2010 at 09:54 PM
    why are people so ignorant? not all illegals come to the u.s to deal drugs, commit crimes, etc, etc. some illegals arrive in the u.s. (illegally, of course)and work jobs no one else will take to raise their children to the best of their ability (and they live way better than they would if they had stayed in their home countries'), those children grow up, get good grades in school, go to college (though they only make it on ECU's dean's list only because of their two B's in chem and chem lab... =[ ) I am STRAIGHT UP MEXICAN-AMERICAN raised by illegal immigrants!!! anddd... I speak English PERFECTLY WITHOUT AN ACCENT and I even speak English WAY BETTER than many Americans, though, at time the southern girl in me comes out (y'all, ain't).. give people a chance, something DOES NEED TO BE DONE to get the DANGEROUS, CRIMINAL, DRUG-DEALING, GANG BANGING illegals out and amnesty for those who truly come just to work hard for their fam's.. [sry for grammar, not enough characters and 1253am lol]
  • by Greg Location: PH on May 31, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    Actually, Greg it is ironic that you say I am not readin gall the posts because the only ones I don't read are the long winded ones from folks like you :) So what is your stance? It's easy to bash me...but not so easy to say what you really feel on the illegal mexicans. Money up Rick and stay focused on the topic. btw: I know you are really Wilma ;)
  • by RickD Location: Tarboro on May 31, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    Greg, don't think it makes a difference because all you are doin is causing trouble, you aren't even reading peoples posts, you admitted that with Wilma, then puttin words on here that she never said. Loser. What I find funny is that everybody that reads this now knows that Pink Hill Greg brings ZERO to the table. So dude, keep making a fool out of yourself. I'm sure you will wimp out and change ur name. Make sure you let your mommy use the computer every now and then. Peace.
  • by Greg Location: PH on May 30, 2010 at 06:57 PM
    Rick, what is your stance? Illegals stay or not? Stay on task or Wilma will get ya ;) And thanks. You seem pretty bright too "Dude"
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