A woman was arrested after federal, state and local authorities uncovered thousands of dollars in cash, heroin and drug paraphernalia as they executed a traffic stop Thursday on Interstate 70 in the Piedmont.
The Department of Homeland Security investigated in conjunction with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the U.S. Border Patrol.
Authorities pulled over the motorist, later identified as Latasha Summers, 32, of Marlboro, N.C., and found about two pounds of heroin stashed in her back pocket, the Department of Homeland Security stated. Authorities also found about seven grams of methamphetamine in the woman’s vehicle.
The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $4,500.
Summers’ charges are supported by a search warrant issued in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The total charges including drug conspiracy and money laundering carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The driver of the vehicle, Michael Anthony Acosta, 46, of New Jersey, was arrested on drug charges and later charged with driving without a license. He faces up to seven years in prison on the count.
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