Traffic stop turns south when officers discover evidence of criminal activity in man's car

Nyonto Collins was arrested after officers discovered evidence of criminal activity in his car during a routine traffic stop. (Photo: Duplin County Sheriff's Office)

A man was arrested after a routine traffic stop turned south when officers discovered evidence of criminal activity in his car.

The following is a press release sent on behalf of Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace on the incident:

"On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office Duplin stopped a vehicle for traffic violations. The vehicle was being driven by Nyonto Collins. Nyonto Collins identified himself as his brother Christopher Collins. During the traffic stop deputies observed additional criminal indicators and a K-9 alerted on the vehicle. Deputies discovered a large sum of US currency in the vehicle as well as components of a scam known as “Black Money Scam”.

Nyonto Collins was charged with Identity Theft and Fictitious Information to an Officer. Nyonto Collins was placed in the Duplin County Jail under a $8,500.00 secured bond. The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office seized $20,000 in cash and 80% of that money will be returned to the Duplin County Sheriff’s office."

A "black money scam" refers to when someone attempts to fraudulently obtain money from a victim by convincing him or her that piles of banknote-sized paper are actually real currency that has been dyed to avoid detection by law enforcement.

Nyonto Collins had a Pennsylvania driver’s license in his possession. Officials also discovered he is wanted by the state of Minnesota for non-extraditable charges.

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