RALEIGH, NC – A Durham man has been charged by Wake County sheriff’s deputies with having 12.2 pounds of cocaine intended for a drug deal Tuesday.
Arrest records show that deputies stopped Alvaro Malpica Quintana’s 2009 Ford pickup truck at U.S. 70 and Timber Drive in Garner on Tuesday morning.
Quintana, 39, was listed as living at 1929 Holloway St. in Durham.
He is a Mexican native, and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers asked that he held for 48 hours while they review his status as a U.S. resident.
According to arrest warrants, Quintana had 5,533 grams of cocaine, which is equivalent to 12.198 pounds.
The warrants charged Quintana with three counts of trafficking in cocaine, one each for possessing and transporting the drug and for intending to deliver it to a man whose name the warrant said was unknown.
It was unclear if investigators let the transaction happen before they arrested Quintana or stopped it before it happened.
He also was charged with maintaining the truck as a place to keep and sell drugs.
A magistrate set Quintana’s bail at $1 million. He was held for a Wednesday court appearance.