Crime News Local News

Drug Busted in Iredell County Valued Over $3.7 Million, Two Placed in Custody

Drug Busted in Iredell County Valued Over $3.7 Million, Two Placed in Custody

118 pounds of fentanyl was seized by the officials during a traffic stop on Interstate 77. The confiscation happened on Sunday and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office reported the same.

The approximate value of the drugs was $3.7 million, according to Sheriff Darren Campbell.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.

Showcasing his concerns and warning the citizens about the potential of drug abuse, Sheriif Darren Campbell said,” I’m showing you what has the possibility of killing 26 million Americans. To give you a comparison, the population of North Carolina is about 10.7 million. This could kill the entire population of the state of North Carolina two times over.”

The suspects were also taken into custody with over $100,000 after it was discovered in the commercial truck’s cab along with the narcotics.

Drug Busted in Iredell County Valued Over $3.7 Million, Two Placed in Custody

Following a traffic infraction, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team (ICE) stopped a 2014 Freightliner tractor-trailer on Interstate 77.

Lorenzo Juan Arreola, 44, of Sunland Park, New Mexico, and Lucio Eduardo Chavira Avila, 33, of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, were the two passengers in the vehicle when it was stopped.

Groot, the canine at the Sheriff’s Office indicated the presence of narcotics when deployed by the officials. The officials searched and busted 118 pounds of fentanyl.

Also, some evidence indicated that cocaine was also on the board. According to Sheriff Campbell, the total street value would be about $3,752,000 based on the current wholesale value of $30,000 per kilogram.

Check This Also: Drug Dealer Busted, Loaded Handgun Among the Confiscated Items

Both Arreola and Avila were placed under arrest and brought to the Iredell County Detention Centre. There, they appeared before Magistrate Thomas Thompson, who put the secured bond of $3.5 million per head.

Between 2016 and 2022, the number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in North Carolina increased by 658%, according to the state’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

Senate Bill 189, recently passed by the North Carolina legislature, facilitates the arrest and prosecution of those who provide drugs to others when those drugs cause a person’s death and increase the financial penalties imposed on fentanyl traffickers.

A probe is also launched to verify the legal status of the detained persons.

Related: $250K Valued Drug Busted After 115 Miles Hot Pursuit on I-57

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *