$150,200 of Oxycodone found after traffic stop
STATESVILLE — A traffic stop Thursday on I-77 netted $150,000 worth of Oxycodone pills.
The Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team of the Iredell County Sheriff's Office stopped a rented 2010 Chevy on I-77 near Union Grove around 8 a.m. Thursday.
Officers became suspicious when the person who rented the vehicle was not present.
The driver, John L. Sanders, 24, of Port Orange, Fla. told officer he was traveling to Virginia Beach to visit friends.
According to a press release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, Sanders gave officers consent to search the vehicle.
Officers trained in finding hidden compartments found two black packages concealed in the wheel well area. The packages were smeared with axle grease.
The packages had a total of 1,502 Oxycodone pills with a street value of $100 each.
Sanders was charged with trafficking by transportation opium, trafficking by possession of opium, maintaining a vehicle to keep/transport a controlled substance.
He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a 700,000 bond.
Friday, May 14, 2010 12:00 AM
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