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BCSO bust nets kilo of cocaine, $32,000

A drug investigation by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit led to the seizure of a kilogram of cocaine and more than $32,000 in cash last week. BCSO Drug Unit Lt. Russell Davenport says the bust happened within the city limits of Washington.

The bust took place June 5, and Anthony Yelverton, 62, of Thomas Suggs Road in Snow Hill, was charged with trafficking in cocaine by possession and trafficking in cocaine by transportation.

“We know that he has been involved in the distribution of cocaine of some time now,” Davenport said.

According to the Davenport, Yelverton was in possession of a kilogram of cocaine, $32,889 in cash and 22-caliber revolver at the time of his arrest. Davenport says a kilogram of cocaine has an estimated street value of $100,000.

“It’s not unusual,” Davenport said. “Working for the sheriff, we investigate all drug complaints from small to large, and we’re capable of doing all those investigations.”

Davenport declined to comment whether more arrests may stem from the bust, but said the investigation is ongoing.

Yelverton is being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a

$500,000 secured bond.