Traffic Check Nets Five Kilos Of Cocaine

A half-million dollars of cocaine is off the streets after a police checkpoint in Greenville.

Two Burlington men, Otoniel Echererria and Hector Lopez, have been charged with trafficking cocaine.

Greenville police say around 7:30 p.m. last night they were conducting a traffic checkpoint on Brownlea Drive near East 4th Street when a police canine alerted to narcotics in one vehicle. Inside the 2006 Lincoln they found five kilos of cocaine.

Both men are in jail on $3,000,000 bonds.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    That must be that same spot where that curve north of 4th must be so that the motorists wont see the cops until they come up right at the checkpoint. I remember in my ECU days cops would have checkpoints back then as well. A college buddy of mine got busted in the middle of the day with a DWI, only intending to go less than a mile from house to house. They will sneak up on you where ever you go. Greenville is the last place you want to do something stupid behind the wheel.
  • by cassie Location: raleigh, nc on Nov 11, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    drugs=terrorism, both excuses for the other and of course i am hated for my theory and therefore am constantly harrassed by homeland security.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:18 PM
    1st.. traffic checkpoints are illegal to start with! I know there are some that think they catch bad people (and they do),but, illegal search and seizure is still a crime against the people of this great nation! If the police can stop you on the roads, what keeps them from a random stop in the local walmart or neighborhood? Just something to think about.....
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      by robert on Nov 11, 2011 at 05:23 AM in reply to Steve
      Checkpoints are not illegal,if they were,we would not be doing them.
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      by hmm on Nov 11, 2011 at 07:46 PM in reply to Steve
      random stops at walmart or neighborhoods doesnt sound like a bad idea in greenville! police are allowed to stop whoever they please. theyd really get some fools off the street. hey maybe you should study law? cause then you would know that the police are very aware that they may not search or seize property without permission. they will get it with a warrant of course, and all will be better for you if you just allow for that warrant, if youre guilty. if youre not guilty, it is a good idea to request a warrant under the stipulation that you maintain that you are not trying to hinder an investigation. just to let them know you know your rights. but no, the police must ask permission first or all evidence is out, unless they produce a warrant.
  • by smh Location: local on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:58 PM
    Wow you mean to tell me you can murder a man and get out on bond but you can bring drugs in and get a 3 million dollar bond set. Hey by all means, I am not saying that drugs should be legal but the justice system needs to get their priorities in check. I'm just saying......
  • by 44mag. on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:36 PM
    My 2 cents worth:If there really is a "war"on drugs(Then why is the federal&state goverments making billions from the WAR?)...There are millions of people in prisons around this country for drug use and I as other lower class tax payers(foot the cost of there habits)!!!The rich(who pay little or no taxes run the gov.prison systems)!!!...I see a MADOFF SCAM and Thats my 2 cents worth...
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      by Happy Camper on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:31 PM in reply to 44mag.
      You are due some change.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:16 PM
    i agree greenville pd great job. the only flaw in the case is having a drug dog at a traffic checkpoint. some defense attorney will argue that u were conducting a drug checkpoint. the defense will file a motion to suppress the evidence, and they'll be free. liberal nation......
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Nov 10, 2011 at 04:51 PM
    Im looking into my crystal ball and I see a body floating in the Tar river soon.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:15 PM in reply to c-had
      Maybe more than one.
  • by Polly&pauly Location: Ecu on Nov 10, 2011 at 04:41 PM
    Wonder how much will go to the police station?
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      by smh on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:00 PM in reply to Polly&pauly
      I am wondering which cop will turn in the 4 kilos?
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Nov 10, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    Good work GPD. I hope they can cut a plea to figure out who is distributing the narcotics locally.
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      by c-had on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:06 PM in reply to Stan
      Duh, Thats how they got these guys.
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        by Greg on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:48 PM in reply to c-had
        Actually, they were from Bulington.
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          by c=had on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:16 PM in reply to Greg
          Um ,they were going somewhere in Greenville dum!!!.
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          by To C-had from Greg on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:41 AM in reply to Greg
          The Burlinton men where coming to Greenville to deliver the drugs locally to people who would then turn and sell the drugs. I hope the local drug dealers and users would also be caught.
  • by bills Location: E. NC on Nov 10, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    maybe if the government sold it through an ABC store like outlet, taxed the devil out of it, fixed the deficit, stopped spending money in third world countries trying to stop it, we'd be way better off.
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      by smh on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:01 PM in reply to bills
      Seriously?
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