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Traffic stop yields $125,000 in cocaine

From Staff ReportsMay 9, 2007 

— Police recovered five kilograms of cocaine, worth about $125,000, during a traffic stop Tuesday morning on Interstate 85.

Kenneth E. Perry, 54, of Middle Avenue in Norfolk, Va., was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the transportation of controlled substances, possession of cocaine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remained at the Durham County jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.

Perry was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu on I-85 near Duke Street when he was stopped by officer J.J. McDonough for a traffic violation, police said.

Tuesday's arrest was the second in a week by the department's Interstate Criminal Enforcement team. Three Connecticut men and an Atlanta man face drug charges for allegedly transporting 2.5 kilos of cocaine, worth about $65,000, Friday inside a Lincoln Continental. They were stopped on Hillsborough Road near U.S. 15-501 for a traffic violation.

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