NEWPORT—Three North Carolina residents are facing several charges following a traffic stop where THP Troopers found a large quantity of drugs along with children locked in the back of a U-Haul truck on Wednesday, July 10.

THP Trooper Caudill was dispatched to the 446 Welcome Center on Interstate 40 after a bystander complained of seeing children locked in the back of a U-Haul truck.

Trooper Caudill said while en route, he located the suspected vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at the 431 mile marker in the westbound lane without incident.

At that time, Caudill came in contact with Lakista Williams, 40, Willie Green Jr., 40, and Eric Larue, 38, all of Hendersonville, NC.

Troopers questioned Larue, who was the driver, inquiring about who was inside of the truck and he admitted there were people in the box of the truck.

A subsequent search of the truck revealed three small children under the age of 8-years-old. In addition, THP Troopers also found baggies of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Williams, Green, and Larue were arrested without incident. They were all charged with child endangerment (three counts).

Larue was additionally charged with no driver’s license, child restraint (three counts), and failing to maintain lane of travel.

Green was additionally charged with possession of schedule 6 and Williams was charged with possession of schedule 2 (two counts) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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