Drug bust in New Hanover, Brunswick nets cocaine, guns, $100K in cash

Drug bust in New Hanover, Brunswick nets cocaine, guns, $100K in cash
From left: Lorenzo Coston, Kathy Moses, Monica Moses, and William Baptiste. (Source: New Hanover County Sheriff's Office/Brunswick County Sheriff's Office/Raleigh CCBI)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Four people were arrested following a joint investigation into cocaine trafficking in the Cape Fear Region.

According to a news release, detectives with the New Hanover and Brunswick County sheriff’s offices and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested Lorenzo Coston, 31, near Seventh and Meares streets in Wilmington on Monday.

Two ounces of cocaine and an undisclosed amount of money were seized from Coston. Following his arrest, search warrants were executed at a home on Ashland Way in Leland and an apartment in Wake County.

Detectives seized 18 ounces of cocaine, two handguns, and undisclosed amounts of marijuana and US currency from the Leland home. The homeowner, Kathy Moses, 57, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and booked into the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.

William Baptiste, 31, who also lives at the home, was arrested Wednesday on conspiracy to traffic cocaine. He was also given a $500,000 bond.

The Raleigh Police Drug and Vice Team executed a search warrant at an apartment on Trinity Village Lane in Wake County and seized a stolen Glock handgun from Wilmington and an undisclosed amount of marijuana. Coston’s girlfriend, 30-year-old Monica Moses, was arrested at the apartment on a charge of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

In total, 20 ounces of cocaine, three guns, and over $100,000 in cash were seized by detectives.

Coston was charged with 13 counts of trafficking cocaine, three counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, three counts of possession of cocaine, three counts of sell and deliver cocaine, and one count of maintaining a vehicle for dwelling for a controlled substance.

He was booked into the New Hanover County Jail under a $3 million bond.

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