Crystal meth worth $800k seized near Seven Springs

By William Holloman

Staff Writer

Over 18 pounds of meth were confiscated during a Seven Springs bust conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation and Wayne, Duplin, and Wake County Sheriff’s Departments. Two suspects were arrested, and along with the meth, other drugs, weapons, and cash were recovered.

Duplin Sheriff Blake Wallace, Wayne Sheriff Larry Pierce, and Special SBI agent Reid Sasser spearheaded operations.

Officials said during a press conference on Friday of last week officers from the multi-county agencies executed a search warrant on a mobile home residence at Buddy Boy Lane near Seven Springs on June 11. During the search, officers uncovered a large amount of meth. They said at that time, no one was home.

During further investigation, officers discovered the large quantity of drugs and learned who the occupants were: Samuel Molina and Rocio Jeanette Munoz. They said during another search additional drugs including cocaine, firearms, and cash were discovered.

Munoz was arrested at the scene, they said, and was the only person at the residence at the time. She was charged on four counts of trafficking in methamphetamines, conspiring to traffic meth, two counts of maintaining a place to keep a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $500,000.

Molina was arrested two days later, during a traffic stop in the Kenansville area. He was jailed under a $3 million dollar bond on a variety of drug charges.

Officers said the total confiscation of drugs was 18.2 pounds, or 8 kilos, of meth with an estimated street value of $828,800.

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