Two Clinton residents are facing charges of drug trafficking after 5 kilograms of cocaine were seized by Sampson County drug agents, working in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security.
Agents with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division (SID), with the assistance of Homeland Security agents, went to 6715 Ebenezer Forest Road regarding a drug complaint investigation.
Officers spoke with the occupants of the residence about the complaint and obtained consent to search the residence, sheriff’s authorities said Friday. Consent was granted by the occupants and, during the course of the search, officers located 5 kilos of cocaine (approximately 11 pounds), a shotgun and U.S. currency.
Amandeo Correa, 31, and Gloria Sanchez, 30, both of 6715 Ebenezer Forest Road, Clinton, were each charged Wednesday with trafficking cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for the storage of a controlled substance. They were each placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $2 million bond apiece.
Sampson County Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith credited the SID agents for their diligence.
“The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to serving our community and ridding our streets of narcotics,” said Smith. “We take very seriously the drug complaints we receive from citizens and other intelligence gathered during our daily operations.”
He said the Special Investigations Division often works “long thankless hours following up on and investigating” that information and building cases against suspected offenders.
”These men and women spend countless hours away from their families to ensure the safety of our community top priority,” said Smith. “This investigation is a great example of their hard work.“
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