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NHS office makes meth arrest during traffic stop

50-year-old Joseph Edward Cumbee Jr. was pulled over for suspected impairment while driving and was arrested for multiple drug charges last week. (Courtesy NHSO)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A patrol deputy for the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office made an arrest for multiple drug and trafficking charges last week after pulling over a driver on suspicion of impairment.

A press release from the sheriff’s office said 50-year-old Joseph Edward Cumbee Jr. was stopped on Mar. 12 near the intersection of Market Street and Marsh Oaks. While investigating the driver, the deputy saw narcotics in plain view, prompting a search of the vehicle.

The officer found:

  • 31 grams of methamphetamine
  • 1 gram of Molly
  • 8 MDMA (ecstasy)
  • 1 gram of marijuana

Requested to the scene were vice and narcotics detectives, who charged Cumbee with:

  • Trafficking by possession
  • Trafficking by transport
  • Possession of schedule I
  • Possession of schedule IV
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of marijuana paraphernalia
  • DWI

Cumbee received a $80,000 secure bond for drug charges and a $1,000 unsecured bond for a DWI charge.

The NHSO confiscated 31 grams of methamphetamine, 1 gram of Molly, 8 MDMA pills and a gram of marijuana. (Courtesy NHSCO)

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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