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Police, other agencies wrap 2 month drug investigation

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Police say they've wrapped up a two month drug investigation.

As part of the investigation, they've arrested two Mexican nationals, seized 2 1/2 kilograms of cocaine, 330 dosage units of heroin, $14,739 in U.S. currency, and a 9 mm handgun. The estimated street value of the cocaine is about $250,000.

Officers say it's all linked to a recent Greenville homicide investigation. Police say it likely that Gambino Benitez Correa and Julio Cesar Avalos Rodriguez supplied drugs to an apartment on Mulberry Lane, the scene of a December 2013 homicide.

Correa and Avalos-Rodrigues were arrested and charged with numerous conspiracy and cocaine trafficking charges. Correa is incarcerated in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $2.5 million secured bond. Rodriguez was also charged with numerous conspiracy and cocaine trafficking charges and incarcerated in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1 million secured bond.

Officers showed members of the media some of the tactics drug traffickers used. During their investigation, a Greenville Police K-9 led police to an air compressor with a secreted compartment. Inside, agents found 2 kilograms of cocaine.

Police say these investigations were successful due to the partnerships between the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The Greenville Regional Drug Task Force is composed of Law Enforcement Officers from the Greenville Police Department, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Farmville Police Department and the Winterville Police Department.

The Drug Task Force provides an extremely effective network of experienced criminal investigators dedicated to pursuing violators of state and federal controlled substance laws. Leveraging each partner agency’s expertise, equipment, manpower, and finances has proven to be a substantial benefit to the citizens of Pitt County and a model of success.
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