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Sheriff: 2 traffic stops turn up 270 pounds of pot

Posted on July 24, 2021

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Granville County Sheriff Charles Noblin is pictured with around 158 pounds of marijuana he said deputies seized during an Interstate 85 traffic stop near Stem on June 17. Franklin County sheriff's deputies assisted in the search.

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Granville County Sheriff Charles Noblin is pictured with around 158 pounds of marijuana he said deputies seized during an Interstate 85 traffic stop near Stem on June 17. Franklin County sheriff's deputies assisted in the search.

STEM — The Granville County Sheriff’s Office said it seized nearly 270 pounds of marijuana during two separate traffic stops on Interstate 85 last month.

In a press release, the sheriff’s office said both traffic stops took place around mile markers 195 and 196 a few miles north of Butner.

In the first incident on June 17, Granville and Franklin County deputies, as part of a joint team, stopped a southbound car. The sheriff’s office said it had probable cause to search the vehicle, where deputies found 158 pounds of marijuana packaged in several cardboard boxes.

Chi Trong Ngyun and Trong Le were each charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana and held under $67,000 bonds, the sheriff’s office said. It did not provide additional information about the case or the suspects.

On June 30, the joint team stopped another southbound vehicle. A K-9 named Raven indicated drugs were in the car, the press release said, so deputies searched it. They found about 110 pounds of marijuana stored in bags in the rear cargo area, according to the sheriff’s office.

That driver, Yanchao Peng, was charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana and held under a $25,000 bond.

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