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NHCSO traffic stop finds driver with 1K grams of cocaine, methamphetamine

The NHCSO found driver with 1,000 grams of cocaine and methamphetamine. (Courtesy New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A driver with large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine was arrested by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.

The NHCSO arrested Arnold Espana-Cruz after carrying out a traffic stop due to suspicious circumstances; Lt. Jerry Brewer told Port City Daily he did not know more details of context leading to the stop.

The sheriff’s office found Espana-Cruz did not have a license before the K-9 Deputy Coast searched the vehicle and found 1,000 grams of methamphetamine and 1,000 grams of cocaine.

Espana-Cruz has been charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine and Trafficking Cocaine. He is currently in the New Hanover County Detention Facility under a $3 million bond.


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