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Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam stands with the 117 pounds of cocaine seized Wednesday.

LINCOLNTON – A traffic stop Wednesday led to the largest cocaine seizure ever in Lincoln county, authorities said.

A vehicle search turned up 117 pounds of cocaine with a street value estimated $6.4 million, according to the Lincoln county sheriff’s Office.

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Jason Evan Williams

Narcotics investigators and patrol deputies stopped a vehicle on Gastonia Highway Wednesday “because of suspicious activities and several traffic violations,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. After speaking with the driver, narcotics officers used a K-9, Anya, to conduct an “open air sniff” around the vehicle. The dog signaled that there were drugs inside, the sheriff’s office said.

The driver, Jason Evan Williams, 48, of Goldsboro, was arrested and charged with felony trafficking in cocaine by possession and by transport, and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance.

Williams was taken to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $2 million secured bond.

The investigation is continuing and also involves the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Huntersville Police Department, Cornelius Police Department and Pineville Police Department, the sheriff’s office said.


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