Sheriff Says Drug Bust Is Largest In County's History

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

It's being called one of the largest drug busts in Martin County history after more than three thousand prescription pills are found during a safety check point.

Martin County Sheriff deputies found all of the drugs in one car.

They say Connie Boyd of Lawrence County had an estimated $25,000 dollars worth of prescription pills.

The sheriff says he's never confiscated this many drugs from one person before.

Martin County Sheriff Garmon Preece says he and his deputies were checking seat belts when they found more than they bargained for - more than three thousand prescription pills in one car.

“This is the most I've ever seen in one spot,” Sheriff Garmon Preece said.

The sheriff says they were at the intersection of Route 40 and 6-45 when a car made a U-turn to avoid them.

A deputy chased and pulled over the driver.

He says a pill bottle in the backseat caught his eye, but the real surprise was what he found inside a sewing bag.

“Once they looked inside the bag, my deputy was shocked by it,” Sheriff Preece said.

They found 32 different types of pills including Loracet, OxyContin, Hydrocodone, and Xanax.

Officials say they also found at least six thousand dollars.

They arrested the driver, Connie Boyd.

Sheriff Preece says he has no idea where or how she got all of the pills, but believes he knows what she was doing with them, “With that much money and that many pills, common sense tells you she was most likely wanting to sell them somewhere.”

Where, he doesn't know. He says Boyd isn't talking.

Still, the sheriff is just glad to get the drugs off the street.

Boyd is charged with drug trafficking, DUI, and driving without a license.

She is out of jail on bond and due in court on Tuesday.

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