WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Another big bust for New Hanover County drug agents. Officers with the drug unit say they've busted two drug dealers who also happen to be illegal immigrants. The investigators say their bust involved a very ordinary children's toy.
"They're just very creative," said one of the drug agents, whose identity we're withholding to protect him and his duties. "You're talking about a large amount of money, and when a large amount of money is involved they're going to be creative as to where they hide it."
Deputies found 18 ounces of cocaine with a value of more than $50,000 Tuesday. The majority of the cocaine was found stuffed inside a toy bunny rabbit.
"Working in narcotics, detectives, after doing this job long enough, most detectives know to look where most people wouldn't," the agent said.
The New Hanover County Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Humberto Cortez Diaz and Enriqueta Aragon Sosa and charged them with maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for drugs, trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony cocaine charges.
"When you find the scale, you find the baggies and the other little baggies, the grand baggies ready for sale, yes, everything is clear cut that he was selling," the agent said. "When we're able to catch this and get it before it hits our streets, it's a win-win for everybody."
Not only do investigators say Diaz and Sosa were dealing drug, the two are illegal immigrants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have placed detainers on the two, which means after they serve their time in the county jail, they will be sent back over the border. The drug unit says Diaz and Sosa face a minimum 15 years in jail.
Meanwhile, New Hanover County commissioners will discuss immigration laws at their Monday meeting. They'll consider a resolution in support of a controversial Arizona law that gives law enforcement the right to question anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.