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5 arrested after North Carolina deputies seize nearly 40 pounds of cocaine

April 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
5 arrested after North Carolina deputies seize nearly 40 pounds of cocaine

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Five suspects in North Carolina were taken into custody after close to 40 pounds of cocaine was seized, that had an estimated street value of over a half-million dollars.

If the drugs were to be sold in doses, the cocaine could sell for approximately $1.3 million.

The arrests occur in connection with a trafficking enterprise responsible for large quantities of narcotics appearing on the streets of Guilford and Randolph counties, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release.

Five men were arrested and 40 pounds of cocaine was seized with a street value of more than a half-million dollars in bulk.

“Whether they’re dealing, selling, using it or whatever, often that and crime go together,” Sheriff BJ Barnes with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office stated.

Deputies indicated that 37.95 pounds of cocaine, $73,000 in cash, and eight cars were seized.

Police have arrested Arthur Burton Lea Jr., David Floyd Matthews Jr., Harvey Christopher Springs, Enrique Ramirez-Hernandez and Fransisco Guadalupe Pacheco-Aboytes for their roles in the crimes.

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Four of the five suspects arrest during the drug bust include (left to right) David Flyoyd Mathews Jr., Enrique Ramirez-Hernandez, Fransisco Guadalupe Pacheco-Aboytes, and Harvey Christopher Springs,

The men are facing multiple drug charges, and all received at least a $1 million bond, except for Lea Jr. who is free on a $100,000 bond.

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and Randolph County Sheriff’s Office carried out the arrests, but multiple agencies assisted in the probe, including the Federal DEA, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and police departments in Archdale, Lexington, Greensboro, and Thomasville.

“We are in this together to make our community safe,” Sheriff Robert Graves with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said. “Each department alone doesn’t have the manpower to do each of the specific things, but all of us together have a large contingency of officers that are dedicated to getting this off the street.”

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