SHELBY, NC - On Monday, deputies pulled over a Range Rover on Highway 74 at the Oak Grove Road Exit. Suspecting that drugs were in the vehicle, a K-9 unit was called to the scene and the dog alerted to narcotics.
A subsequent search turned up 44 pounds of methamphetamine and over 2.2 pounds of cocaine.The drugs have an estimated street value of well over one million dollars.
Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman stated:
Statistics have shown for years that drug use leads to other crimes, in particular breaking and entering and larcenies, where users have to steal to fund their habit…The violence associated with drug dealing is also a huge concern of mine, and those dealers who possess guns during drug transactions will be a very high priority.
Malra Idania Carrizales-Rivera, 42, and Juan Carlos Covarrubias Morales, 37, were both charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and two counts of trafficking cocaine. Both are currently being held at the Cleveland County Jail on ICE detainers.
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