Nervous Driver Leads To Meth Bust

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Dunn pair nabbed in Benson.

By RICK CURL

Of The Record Staff

A man and woman from Dunn were arrested on drug charges following a mid-day traffic stop in Benson Wednesday.

According to a Benson Police report, Sherrill Lynn Benson, 46, and Julia Denise Sullivan, 50, were arrested after a search produced a total of 3.5 grams of methamphetamine hidden in the pockets of both suspects.

A straw containing what appeared to be residue from illegal drugs was also seized from the woman’s purse.

Benson Police Chief Kenneth Edwards and Detective Sgt. Danny Lucas were patrolling the area of Main Street near South Fayetteville Street around 1:27 p.m. when a sudden acceleration by the driver caught their attention.

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ress, Mr. Benson turned down several streets before accelerating to 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, prompting the traffic stop.

It was during the course of the traffic stop that Sgt. Lucas and Chief Edwards were notified that the license plate belonged to another vehicle.

They were also informed the expired tag had been revoked and was to be picked-up. The officers were further notified the vehicle’s insurance had been stopped and the inspection was expired as well.

During his initial interactions with the two police officers, Mr. Benson became nervous and was barely able to retrieve his license from his wallet, according to the arrest report.

Mr. Benson, who was also in possession of two knives, was asked to step from the vehicle and was searched by Chief Edwards. It resulted in discovery of .5 grams of meth.

The discovery of the remaining drugs and the straw came during Sgt. Lucas’ interactions with Ms. Sullivan.

He noticed what appeared to be a bulge in the front of her shorts, something that was later confirmed as a plastic bag containing what appeared to be methamphetamine. The bag fell out of her pocket while she was walking before a subsequent pat search by Benson Police Department Officer Lindy Macon.

During her interaction, Ms. Sullivan had also shown signs of being extremely nervous and she couldn’t stand still, according to the report.

Officer Macon notified her two colleagues that she had discovered a total of 3 grams of methamphetamine and an additional controlled substance — hydrocodone — on Ms. Sullivan’s person.

Mr. Benson was charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Johnston County Detention Center and jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.

Ms. Sullivan was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She was jailed under a $25,000 secured bond.

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