Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies said they busted cocaine traffickers during a traffic stop Tuesday night on N.C. 16 in Denver, resulting in an exceptional seizure of nearly 500 grams of the illegal substance.
Catawba County residents Damarius Corday Miller, 26, of 4895 Maple Street in Catawba, and Mario Rico Danner, 26, of 2783 Dan Brown Road in Claremont, along with a woman, whom deputies did not name, were traveling north on N.C. 16 around 9 p.m. when deputies stopped their vehicle near the intersection of Sugarwood Lane, the Sheriff’s Office said.
After the three individuals began acting suspicious, deputies said they detained them and searched the vehicle, locating about a half kilo of cocaine.
Miller and Danner were arrested for drug possession while the woman was turned over to authorities with a neighboring county, a press release said.
The 496 grams of cocaine has the potential to sell for at least $18,000 on the street, but depending on how it’s packaged and sold, could be worth up to $100,000, according to narcotics investigators.
Both men remain in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, each under a $300,000 secured bond.
Miller faces one felony count each of trafficking in cocaine by transport, trafficking in cocaine by possession and conspiracy to traffic cocaine.
Danner faces one felony count each of trafficking in cocaine by transport, trafficking in cocaine by possession, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.