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ROCKY MOUNT — Authorities say they’ve made the largest methamphetamine bust in Nash County history.
Around 4 pounds of meth were seized Thursday from a vehicle traveling through Nash County from New York to Rocky Mount on Interstate 95, said Chief Deputy Brandon Medina of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.
Ackeem Ricardo Baker, 25, of Holly Street in Rocky Mount, and Xiomara E. Oyola, 43, of Ashford Street in Brooklyn, New York, were charged with trafficking methamphetamine by possession, transportation and manufacture; maintaining a vehicle to sell and deliver a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession with intent to sell marijuana.
“It is a win for law enforcement to remove this highly addictive narcotic from our streets,” Medina said. “This is the largest methamphetamine seizure in the history of Nash County.”
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the Rocky Mount Police Department and other members of the Governor’s Highway Safety Team joined forces to make the bust.
A Rocky Mount police K-9 alerted to the odor of drugs in the car. A search of the vehicle resulted in deputies finding marijuana in the passenger area and three large bundles of methamphetamine wrapped in plastic hidden inside the vehicle, Medina said.
Medina thanked Officer Taylor and his K-9 partner Remy of the Rocky Mount Police Department for their help in the drug seizure.
Baker and Oyola were each booked into the Nash County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond.
The methamphetamine, destined for Rocky Mount, totaled 1 ½ kilograms.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and illegal psychostimulant drug that’s similar to amphetamine. It is used for its powerful euphoric effects similar to those of cocaine. The drug has a high potential for abuse and dependence. Tolerance develops quickly, and psychological addiction can develop within a relatively short space of time, Medina said.
Meth is manufactured with common household chemicals. Meth can be swallowed, inhaled, injected or smoked. Common street names for meth include ice, crystal, tweak and chicken feed, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
A gram of crystal meth costs $20 to $60. Meth may be transported in powdered form, but it is most frequently sold in crystal form. The average price of meth per gram dropped from $98 to $58 between 2011 and 2016, according to a post by Dr. Johnelle Smith on the website AddictionResources.net.