GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Three people were arrested after nearly $360,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine was recovered in Greenville.
Greenville Police say members of the Regional Drug Task Force and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, working with the DEA, finished a two-month international drug investigation. They found that narcotics were being shipped from Mexico through Texas and then into North Carolina.
Investigators were told that a drug transaction would take place in a parking lot on Moye Blvd. around 6 p.m on November 9, 2015.
Greenville Police say when uniformed officers approached the vehicle, the driver ran from the scene but was later apprehended after a foot chase.
A K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics on the vehicle. Officers found approximately 12 pounds of crystal meth inside the vehicle, carrying a street value of approximately $360,000.
Police say the driver of the car, Sandro Gutierrez, 23, of San Jose, Ca., was charged with multiple counts of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Resist, Obstruct and Delay. He’s being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a million dollar bond.
Police say the driver of the car, Sandro Gutierrez, 23, of San Jose, Ca., was charged with multiple counts of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Resist, Obstruct and Delay. He’s being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a one million dollar bond.
Investigators also arrested two other suspects in Greenville who were involved with the crystal meth shipment.
Ezequiel Gonzalez-Garza, 53, of Houston, Texas, and Maricruz Vallecillo De Cruz, 39, of Grand Prairie, Texas, were both arrested and are being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a one million dollar bond.
Greenville Police say that as part of a new drug trafficking and gang initiative to target violent crime and drug trafficking organizations, the North Carolina SBI recently deputized two Greenville Police Department detectives and one Nash County deputy as Task Force Agents with the SBI to work drug investigations. Task Force agents have statewide jurisdiction and will work jointly with state and federal task forces prosecutors throughout Eastern North Carolina to dismantle drug trafficking organizations.
The Greenville Regional Drug Task Force investigation was conducted by officers from the Greenville Police Department, North Carolina SBI, Farmville Police Department, East Carolina University Police Department and the Winterville Police Department.