CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. -- An informant led Catawba County deputies to the largest drug bust in the Sheriff’s Department's history.

“The phone call was pretty much, ‘if you want to get all the drugs, you need to go out looking in the woods,’” recalls Captain Jason Reid.

Reid says over the past few weeks, they’ve arrested several suspected drug dealers and users who live in or frequent an apartment complex on Sherlock Street off of Old Catawba Road.

The tipster suggested the deputies would be able to find more drugs connected to those arrests.

Detectives with the drug task force executed a warrant in the area around the apartment complex Friday. While they were searching piles of trash, one of the deputies found a large black bag. When he opened it up, he discovered more than 5-and-a-half pounds of crack cocaine.

“He looked in it and was overwhelmed with the smell of cocaine,” Reid says. “We were very surprised.”

The bag also contained $2,000 in cash.

Detectives quickly learned that whoever placed the drugs in the hiding spot also had deer cameras trained on the drugs to watch them. They are reviewing the video from those cameras now for clues.

Reid says the drugs have a street value of $250,000.

“It should tell everybody that we do have a drug problem,” Reid says. “We can go out and get ounce quantities all the time. But to be able to bring in nearly 84 ounces of crack, 5-and-a-half pounds, is really impressive…. We're hoping that it put a dent in this area.”

Reid says he believes whoever possessed the drugs has ties to a drug cartel. So far, no arrests have been made. However, Reid believes multiple people will be arrested in connection to the case.