Mexican Drug Cartel Operation Discovered In North Carolina

Mexican Drug Cartel Operation Discovered In North Carolina

Authorities in Davidson County seized nearly $2 million in cocaine and charged four people in connection to a Wednesday evening drug bust.

Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said law enforcement officers executed search warrants simultaneously around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 627 Greensboro St. Ext., 207 N. Pugh St., 150 Frankie St. and 213 Fairview Drive. The execution of the search warrants at the four locations resulted in the seizure of 48.5 kilos of cocaine in “brick form” worth nearly $2 million, approximately $157,000 in cash, eight handguns (five stolen), one rifle and at least one vehicle.

The multi-agency effort that involved an 18-month investigation resulted in the arrests of Jorge Martinez Sandoval, 24, of 207 N. Pugh St.; Juan Carlos Martinez Miramontes, 49, of 627 Greensboro St. Ext.; Franco Antonio Bonfil, 30, of 122 Best St., Raeford; and Ramon Hugo Gonzales, 38, of 150 Frankie St.

Authorities believe the drug operation was related to the Mexican Cartel.

In a press conference Thursday, Grice was joined by Thomasville Police Chief Jeff Insley and Lexington Police Chief Mark Sink, as well as Tim Stone, special agent in charge with Homeland Security Investigations, and Brian Norman, assistant special agent in charge with the State Bureau of Investigation. Grice praised the collaboration of all law enforcement agencies in the investigation.

“What amazes me is this investigation went on for 18 months with numerous people involved, and word didn’t get out,” Grice said. “That speaks to the integrity of the officers and their professionalism.”

Over the course of the investigation, authorities also seized six pounds of crystal meth, eight pounds of marijuana, 49.3 grams of heroin, four other handguns and $2.5 million in cash, according to a press release.

It would be safe to say that the money would be taken back to Mexico, and that’s where the source of the cocaine (was),” Stone said.

Grice said the cocaine seizure was the second largest amount he has been involved with during his 45-year career.

Sandoval has been charged with two counts of felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance, two counts of felony trafficking in cocaine and felony possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. He received a $3 million secured bond.

Miramontes, Bonfil and Gonzales have each been charged with conspire to traffic in cocaine, and all have received $1 million secured bonds.

Grice said the bond totals do not necessarily indicate a leader among the group and simply are a result of the charges.

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