Drug bust in Hampton may be biggest in city in 30 years

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by Brian Farrell

WVEC.com

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 11:41 PM

HAMPTON -- When detectives with Hampton Police Division's Special Investigation Unit stopped a driver for a minor traffic infraction on Interstate 64 Thursday night, it wound up leading to a major drug bust.

Officers arrested 37-year-old Manzais Givens after they pulled him over on the interstate near the Interstate 664 interchange.

They told 13News Givens was driving a 2000 Lincoln Town Car. A narcotics dog picked up on the presence of a drug in the car. When detectives searched it, they said they found 5 kilograms (more than 11 pounds) of cocaine in the trunk. That quantity of the drug is worth about $500,000 when sold on the streets.

That was just the beginning.

The investigation that followed the traffic stop led detectives to a 2010 Toyota Camry in the 2000 block of  Nickerson Boulevard. It was parked just down the street from the address Givens lists as his home (an apartment, located in the 100 block of Golden Gate Drive).

Police said they found $400,000 in cash in the Camry.

That money combined with the value of the cocaine made the bust the biggest in Hampton in 30 years.

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