Deputies net another big drug bust
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New Hanover and Brunswick County drug enforcement units teamed up to seize more than a half a kilo of cocaine Tuesday night. The two men arrested are from are from Goldsboro and Leland. Investigators say they were bringing the cocaine into Wilmington.

New Hanover County Deputies arrested 38-year-old Marbin Edgardo Lujan and 27-year-old Ivan Padilla Garcia in the 300 block of South College Road Tuesday night.

This is New Hanover County's second drug bust this week, after officers had already seized $13,000 worth of marijuana and $13,000 worth of mushrooms. Sheriff Ed McMahon says the two drugs busts this week were very significant.

"It's great," McMahon said. "Not only were we allowed to get a lot off the street with totally different people with no connection to each other. This is just another point where we work together with other agencies. When we pool our agencies it makes us that much more effective."

The street value of the cocaine seized is $56,000.

Lujan and Garcia are in the New Hanover County Jail. They each have $1 million bonds.

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i love wilmington, i grew up here and stayed until the mid 90's when my husbands military duty took us on a lengthy tour of the u.s...we have been home for a few years and i have to tell you..wilmington is deteriorating fast! we have our heads buried in our pristine sand and we don't realize that we are quickly turning into a ugly little "big city". i left san diego to come back to basically the same situation...drugs, high crime rates, illegal immigrants, graffiti and city leaders that promote the beauty of the city while overlooking the ugly that is creeping into every neighborhood in town...i am happy to see law enforcement begin to ramp up their presence and enforce the laws that are meant to protect the good people both rich and poor of wilmington..GO McMahon and the WPD!!!

Sheriff McMahon my hat off to you!!!! One piece of advice; Stay Leveled. Dont let material things change you. In other words Dont Become a sid causey. Turn your head for money..

Sheriff McMahon "Bottom line, lets get the bad guys and the drugs off the streets". Amen.

A crazy amount of cocaine. Who is using all of this? More illegals caught dealing cocaine. It's good to hear the both the New Hanover and Brunswick county Sheriffs depts are working together to fight this problem.
Sheriff McMahon said he was going to work with other agencies and be more cooperative. Maybe him and Sheriff Ingram are starting something here. Either way, good job.

For Every $50,000 of drugs you take of the street, another $500,000 finds its way through and gets sold..
Truth of the matter is.... Yes.. it is wrong.. but addicts will be addicts, and do the drugs they choose to do..
Think about the millions of dollars of marijiuana that is sold right here in New Hanover County...
Now think about taxing those millions of dollars..
That is how the government needs to be thinking...
Weed.. The most profitable cash crop in the good ol US of A!

I'm on the fence with legalizing marijauna, but no way should cocaine, heroin, lsd, etc be legalized.
A lot of the news has been filled with the Sheriffs dept making some pretty large drug arrests. It's about time someone went after these big dealers. I've been impressed so far with the new Sheriff. I hope it continues.

Do you really think that drug dealers are going to make their sales tax payments if marijuana was legal? They're already breaking the law; do you think they would abide by the tax code? You, sir, must be high!

An estimated 90% of cocaine and marijuana come across the Mexican border. Sheriff McMahon is doing an awesome job taking these drugs off the streets of New Hanover county, but the only way to crush the drug dealers nation-wide is to strengthen our borders and stop the illegal trafficking of humans and contraband into our country.

If only more law enforcement leaders took their job as seriously as Sheriff McMahon, would this country be a safer place.

If it was legal there would not be a need for drug dealers.Do you really think if it was legal that they wouldn't change the way it was sold?

Sheriff McMahon has his detectives tuned and making serious noise. Keep it up and don't let these illegal alien, drug traffickers breathe easy for one moment. Having retired from NYPD and living now in Wilmington, it's refrshing to see all of these arrests. The new Sheriff must be serious about dealing with the drug problem here. Keep it up.

BUT HERE IS THE PROBLEM.... NOW IT'S ONLY ILLEGAl ALIENS THAT WE ARE GOING AFTER. WHAT ABOUT THE LEGAL PEOPLE (WHITE AND BLACK) THAT THEY ARE NO LONGER BUSTING AS HARD AS THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS. THEY LEGAL DRUG DEALER WILL WALK IN 5-6 YEARS BUT THE ILLEGALS AND SOME LEGAL ALIENS AS THEY ARE CALLED GET 25 TO LIFE AND ARE DEPORTED LEAVING BEHIND A WIFE AND CHILDREN. THAT IS WHERE OUR SYSTEM IS BROKEN.

And good riddance and have a safe trip home.

Key word is Illegal alien...Illegal. Besides, I just see cops busting whites, black, chinese,anybody who is dealing drugs.

I am so glad to see that our authorities are cracking down on drugs coming into our area.Great job!Keep up the great work!

I'm glad to see the Sheriffs dept cleaning some mess off our streets. I have an issue in my neighborhod and I believe I'll be calling them soon.
I just hate people who rent houses and have no respect for where they live or their neighbors.

legalize drugs now and let the cops eat doughnuts.