Sheriff: Wilmington man arrested after drug agents seize 6 kilos of cocaine from car

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Drug agents seized 6 kilos of cocaine on Friday. Photo courtesy of the NHCSO.
Drug agents seize 6 kilos of cocaine from a vehicle. Photo courtesy of the NHCSO.

Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office have charged a Wilmington man with trafficking cocaine.

Christopher Eugene Newton, 34, of Long John Silver Drive, Wilmington, was arrested Friday after several kilograms of cocaine were seized from his vehicle, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

Drug agents seized 6 kilograms of cocaine–with a street value of $600,000–from Newton’s car.

Christopher Eugene Newton
Christopher Eugene Newton

Newton has been charged with three counts of trafficking in cocaine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine; maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked at the New Hanover County Detention Facility under a $750,000 secured bond.

The arrest was the result of a joint narcotics investigation involving the Wilmington Police Department, the Wilmington office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the sheriff’s office, Brewer said.