GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Three illegal aliens were arrested in Gaston County with $200,000 worth of methamphetamine.
Christian Cabrea-Rivas, 36, Silvia Hernandez-Iturralde, 29 and Marco Tulio Ramos Garcia, 35 were taken into custody on Monday, Jan. 7 after authorities found them in possession of two kilograms of meth.
Police say several children were present during the drug bust. They have since been taken into protective custody.
All three suspects were charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Hernandez-Iturralde and Garcia are being held under a $250,000 bond. Garcia also had an outstanding deportation order when he was arrested, and is under an immigration hold as well.
Cabrea-Rivas is being held on a $275,000 bond and an immigration hold. He is a documented member of the street gang MS-13, and has an extensive criminal history.
In December 2018, he was arrested in Mecklenburg County for an assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats and possession of a stolen gun.
Several agencies participated in the large-scale investigation. No other information has been released at this time.