DUPLIN COUNTY, NC - Lawmen say it is one of the biggest drug busts ever in Eastern Carolina, and among the largest in the state.
Duplin County authorities say they have seized a total of 17 pounds of meth that was hidden in horse saddles. The value of those drugs is believed to be in excess of $1 million.
Jose Almendarez-Carcamo of Magnolia is in jail on a $1.5 million bond. Sheriff Blake Wallace says Carcamo is an illegal immigrant, believed to be from Honduras.
The sheriff says others are believed to be involved and more arrests are possible.
I look at it not only as a victory for law enforcement, but the community as well. This is meth that would've ended up in the hands of our children. So any time we can keep this poison off the streets, then I think we've done a good days work, said Sheriff Mason.
Carcamo was arrested last Tuesday near Rose Hill when authorities say they found three pounds of meth. An additional 14 pounds of meth was later uncovered.
Wallace says their investigation started when his department received a tip about meth trafficking in the area.
May 27, 2010