ALAMANCE COUNTY, NC (The Times-News) – A man was arrested on drug trafficking charges Thursday night in Mebane after a foot chase through woods involving local, state and federal agencies.
A law enforcement plane flew overhead as a number of officers attempted to apprehend Rodrigo Machuca Alderete, 28, around 8:45 p.m. off Mebane Oaks Road.
Alderete was eventually caught and charged with trafficking in cocaine, attempt and conspiracy, resisting/delaying/obstructing, and driving with no operator’s license. He was arrested by State Highway Patrol and held in the Alamance County jail under two bonds totaling $600,000.
Lt. Robert Wilborn the Alamance Narcotics Enforcement Team declined to provide many details on the case, saying there is currently “an ongoing federal investigation with the DEA” involving the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Greensboro division.
He said Highway Patrol’s interdiction team, troopers who work special operations cases, conducted a traffic stop on Alderete’s vehicle in Mebane.
The stop led to a foot pursuit in a wooded area, Wilborn said. He directed the Times-News to the Highway Patrol for additional information. A call to the agency’s public information office Friday wasn’t immediately returned.
Witnesses in the area reported seeing a significant number of state and local law enforcement vehicles and chaotic activity around Mebane Oaks Road.
Wilborn told the Times-News that residents can be assured “there’s no danger to the public.”
“There’s nobody running from the police from last night’s incident,” Wilborn said. “To alleviate any fears in the community, all suspects that we’re looking for are in custody.”
It’s unclear whether any other suspects besides Alderete were arrested in connection with the investigation.