Cocaine, firearms and cash seized

Cocaine, firearms and cash seized

A North Carolina corrections officer and a Lee County man have been arrested in connection with cocaine trafficking.

In a joint operation Tuesday, narcotics officers from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Nash County Sheriff’s Office closed a drug investigation.

After 8 a.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 1 near Deep River Road.

The driver, Kenderick Antonio Womble, 52, was identified as an employee of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

According to Sheriff Brian Estes, during the traffic stop, officers searched the vehicle and found 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of cocaine, a firearm and a badge.

Womble was taken into custody.

After the traffic stop, a search warrant was executed at Womble’s home in Sanford.

During a search of the home, officers found 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, several firearms and approximately $13,000 in cash.

They also arrested Gregory Wayne Baker, of Lee County, who was in the home during the search.

Womble was charged with:

  • Three counts of cocaine trafficking
  • Two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance
  • Maintaining a vehicle for the sale of controlled substances
  • Maintaining a home for the sale of controlled substances
  • Two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Exceeding the displayed speed

He was issued a $300,000 secured bond.

Baker was arrested and charged with:

  • Cocaine trafficking by possession
  • Possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance
  • Maintaining a home for the sale of controlled substances
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

He was taken into custody and given $100,000 bail.

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