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PEMBROKE — Three kilograms of cocaine were seized following a car chase Thursday involving police, Highway Patrol troopers and a helicopter, although the driver remains at-large, according to Maj. Tommy Barnes, with the Lumberton Police Department.

“… The subject was not apprehended at that time but we know who he is and we recovered a large quantity of controlled substance,” Barnes said. Three kilograms is about 6.6 pounds and, on the street, would sell for about $360,000.

The chase took place on N.C. 711 in Pembroke on Thursday afternoon, and was over by 4 p.m.

Barnes said a Lumberton police officer attempted to stop the car for a motor vehicle violation. When the chase began, Trooper B.K. Covington was called in to assist, according to Sgt. Daniel Hilburn of the state Highway Patrol. Hilburn said the officer tried to stop the car because the registration was fictitious.

Hilburn said the driver jumped out of his car off of Deep Branch Road near the Lumber River and fled on foot.

Barnes declined to say whether officers knew the cocaine was in the car.

The Robesonian was told by more than one source that the chase followed an undercover drug sting operation, but could not get that confirmed by police or the patrol.

Hilburn said he was not aware of whether the chase was prompted by an undercover drug operation.

“I don’t know about any sting,” he said.

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