The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says that it discovered four pounds of crystal methamphetamine worth $130,000 on January 22nd.
Officials say the seizure occurred when Sergeant Walt Howard pulled over a vehicle driven by Bolivar Gomez Flores, 51, with a Georgia license plate for a traffic violation on Highway 70 near Highways 11 and 55.
The sheriff's office says that Howard called in for a canine deputy to search the vehicle and alerted the presence of illegal narcotics. We're told the search yielded approximately four pounds of crystal meth in a hidden compartment.
Sheriff Chris Hill stated in part, "It is commonly known that many drug dealers have their drugs transported to various locations using standard passenger vehicles. The use of canines, which are trained to alert when they detect the odor of these narcotics, provides an advantage to deputies in finding these substances. While canines are expensive they are worth the investment."
Flores, of Atlanta, Georgia, was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking meth and maintaining a vehicle for keep and sell of controlled substance and incarcerated in the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $1 million secure bond.