CLINTON, N.C. (WNCN) - A traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Sampson County resulted in the discovery of 17 pounds of cocaine and three arrests, according to the Sampson County Sheriff's Office.

On Sunday, deputies pulled a car over on I-40 for a traffic violation and established probable cause to search the vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

A total of 17 pounds of cocaine was found during that search.

Three men were arrested as a result:

Felix Junior Agosto Garcia, 35, of Albuquerque, New Mexico was charged with one count of conspire to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $1 million.

Hector Guillermo Ruiz, 27, of Teachy, North Carolina was charged with two counts of conspire to traffic Cocaine. His bond was set at $1 million.

Edwin Johnny Fuentes, 41, of Elizabeth, New Jersey was charged with two counts of trafficking Cocaine and possession with intent to sell, maintain, or deliver cocaine. His bond was set at $1 million.

“Through the proactive and diligent efforts of deputies, these drugs and dealers have been removed from the streets. I applaud the dedication of my deputies in their continued pursuit in fighting to keep drugs off our streets.” said Sheriff Jimmy Thornton.

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