A U.S. 701 traffic stop Saturday has left two Sampson County men behind bars facing assorted drug charges.
Officers with Sampson’s Special Investigation Unit made the stop around 4:18 p.m., taking Alberto Maldonado Estremera, 43, 4534 Faison Hwy. and Luis Rodriguez Torres, 29, 772 Byrd Yancey Bass Road, Clinton into custody.
When contacted Monday, Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said SID agents made the stop near North Boulevard for a minor traffic violation.
“They were given a consent to search,” Smith noted, “and that search turned up 13 grams of cocaine.”
Estremera was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance, driving while impaired and two counts of failure to appear in court, warrants discovered at the time of the stop.
Torres was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and resist, delay and obstruct.
Both men were placed under $50,000 secured bonds and remained in the Sampson County Detention Center Monday afternoon.
“This is another example of how traffic enforcement is vital in stopping drug dealers and other criminals. It’s not just about writing tickets,” Smith said.
Torres and Estrmera are scheduled to make their first appearance in Sampson County District Court on Aug. 1.