Two people were arrested Tuesday after New Hanover County sheriff's deputies found nearly half a kilogram of cocaine hidden inside a stuffed rabbit, Capt. David Ciamillo said.
Humberto Cortez Diaz, 40, and Enriqueta Aragon Sosa, 39, face multiple drug charges related to cocaine possession and trafficking.
They are being held in the New Hanover County jail in lieu of $850,000 bond, and also could face action from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
After a two-week investigation, investigators stopped a vehicle and found two ounces of cocaine inside, Ciamillo said. Detectives then went to the driver's home at 506 Purdue Drive.
While searching the house, a detective squeezed a toy rabbit and said it felt unusual inside.
When it was cut open, detectives found more than a dozen bags of cocaine wrapped in tin foil inside, Ciamillo said. The cocaine had been stuffed inside and the back of the rabbit sewn up.
Where you think things shouldn't be is where you search first, Ciamillo said.
More cocaine was found in a boot and elsewhere in the house, he said. About 18 ounces of cocaine total were found, worth more than $50,000, Ciamillo said.
The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and ICE believe Diaz and Sosa to be illegal immigrants, Ciamillo said.
By Andrew Dunn
Thursday, July 8, 2010