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Deputies arrest "well connected" drug dealer

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New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies seized guns, drugs and cash from a Wilmington man tonight. Sheriff Sid Causey says the man is a known dealer and had been operating for sometime in his downtown neighborhood. Sheriff Causey says detectives have been running surveillance on Ezau Yanez for some time. They made the seizure today during a traffic stop, and that lead to Monday night's arrest. Detectives seized five to six ounces of pure cocaine, with a street value of roughly seventy thousand dollars, weapons and between six to eight thousand dollars in cash. It was all seized all from Ezau Yanez's car Monday. At the time, Sheriff Causey says Yanez was armed with an automatic weapon. "Taking a guy off like this, we cut a large supply off," Sheriff Causey said, "We've gotten several seizures that have come from this house from this individual." The seizure allowed deputies to obtain a search warrant for Yanez's house. Inside they found bags, scales and cocaine residue. They also arrested Yanez, from his Chestnut Street home. "This seems like a safe neighborhood, unfortunately neighborhoods all across the county look nice and are nice. There's a criminal element in just about every neighborhood now," Sheriff Causey said. Sheriff Causey says the bust is a big one; calling Yanez a multi-kilo dealer selling in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties. "We'll charge him with trafficking, possession, transportation and manufacturing. Obviously he was cutting and bagging in pound bags. That tells us he's selling in large quantities," Causey said. Sheriff Causey says Yanez is well connected and further arrests are expected. Yanez is in the New Hanover County jail under $875,000 bond.

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