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Deputies: Cocaine found in vehicle

Staff Writer

Lincoln County deputies said they seized nearly 100 grams of cocaine from a Catawba County man’s vehicle Friday after he was stopped for driving drunk down an area road.
Deputies believed that 22-year-old Newton resident Jose Domingo Ramirez was under the influence of alcohol while driving near Finger Mill Road, authorities said.
As a result, a BOLO (“be on the lookout for”) alert was sent out to surrounding law enforcement agencies with the description of the suspect’s vehicle.
Deputies apprehended Ramirez a short time later and determined to search his vehicle after they said the suspect was behaving in a suspicious manner.
During the search, authorities said they found plastic baggies containing a white powdery substance along with more than $500 in cash and drug paraphernalia.
A total of 98.5 grams of cocaine was located inside the vehicle, deputies said.
Ramirez faces two felony charges for trafficking in cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. He was additionally charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without an operator’s license.
Ramirez remains in the county jail under a $50,800 secured bond and is expected to make his next court appearance on Feb. 7.

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