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Nash County legislators on I-95 find New York men with cocaine stashed in car: legislators

NASHVILLE, NC (WNCN) – Two New York men were arrested Tuesday morning after Nash County lawmakers found cocaine and more than $62,000 in a hidden compartment of their car, a news release said.

Deputies worked along Interstate-95 in Nash County “with a focus on detecting criminal activity and keeping motorists safe.”

Nash County deputies said they stopped the car around 7:24 a.m. near mile 136 on I-95 North. They developed a probable reason to search the car.

They found a Bluetooth speaker in the back seat “that showed obvious signs of tampering with the screws holding it together,” the press release said.

Deputies then found a hidden compartment containing 295 grams of cocaine and $62,265 in cash, the press release said.

The driver, 36-year-old Sameh Hassan, and the passenger, 34-year-old Matthew Valencia, both from Astoria, New York, were arrested. Both were charged with maintaining a vehicle/apartment/location for a controlled substance and two counts of dealing in cocaine.

  • Drugs and cash seized on March 8, 2022 during a stop at the Nash County Sheriff's Office on I-95.
  • Matthew Valencia mugshot
  • Mug shot of Sameh Hassan

Both received $200,000 in secured bail. Hassan has been pawned since Wednesday while Valencia was still in custody.

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DUSTIN JONES

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