Eastern Carolina Based Mexican Drug Cartel Ends With Hefty Sentences

Federal authorities say a Wayne County based Mexican drug cartel has been broken up and most of the 26 people nabbed have been given hefty prison sentences.

U.S. Attorney George Holding says the Julian Avilez drug organization operated out of a Newton Grove convenience store. The feds say Avilez used the store to import between 20 and 30 kilos of cocaine per month from Mexico and distribute it to at least five states.

All but two defendants in Operation Northern Star have been sentenced and received significant federal sentences, ranging from 60 months to 292 months imprisonment. Avilez was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment for his criminal activity.

During the investigation, lawmen have seized 14 firearms, 11 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of crack cocaine, and over $1 million in U.S. currency. The feds say in addition, over $600,000 worth of real and personal property was seized and/or forfeited by defendants.


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  • by Law Abiding Citizen Location: Goldsboro on Feb 14, 2010 at 08:56 PM
    Some people should read up on how the law and court system works before they make comments... It's a shame. The information is out there, educate yourselves!The fed's do not play !!!! Many, many thank you's to the men and women in law enforcement who have worked long hours and been away from home man nights, so that me and mine can rest peacefully at night and wake up to a safer day. I also didnt get what The President had to do with this, but people are using any chance possible to down this great man. How unpatriotic of you.... you should be ashamed. Understand that he is not a dictator... what he says does not always go... not satisfied?? ... call your local State Representative and use that mouth of yours in a place where it will count...
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 12, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    It would not surprise me if some of that stuff probably makes its way to the Outer Banks as there is a lot of it down there and a lot of people down there do it. I hear about it every day. I sure am not one of them that will be around it.
  • by joy foster Location: williamston on Feb 12, 2010 at 06:00 AM
    all over eastern n.c., this is going on. motels brought up with no renters, all the convenience stores in williamston owned by foreigners are dealing drugs, selling cigarettes to minors and alcohol. now netcafes are being set up for gambling. send those drug officers here.
  • by INFO Location: G Vega on Feb 11, 2010 at 10:19 PM
    To Mike in Edenton, In the state system you would be correct. However, the story indicates these guys were convicted in the Federal system. Federal sentences are served day for day. No reductions, no credit for good behavior. They will serve everyday of their sentence, unless they die before completion. A sincere thank you for a job well done to the LEOs, prosecutors and judge in this case! Great job!
  • by JL Location: El Paso, TX on Feb 11, 2010 at 09:53 PM
    Arcie, I am a Washington native and live on the US / mexico border now. I will address your comment on the K-9 units on the border and at checkpoints. They are a joke, period. 1 out of every 50 cars even have a dog walk past them at the border bridges, and at the 25 mile interior checkpoints....most of the time the dog and handler just stand there. You pull up to the Border Patrol / Customs officer, roll down your window and he says one sentence to you...."Are you and American citizen?" You say yes and you are allowed to pass. If I wasnt in law enforcement myself, I could bring more dope and illegal aliens into this country than you could shake a stick at. Wait, there's already too much of both of those here now, huh? It also gets mailed from El Paso, Nogales, AZ, Brownsville, TX so alot of it never gets near a dogs nose. If Homeland Security would do the job they are supposed to do and drop the "Lets help mexico" mentality, they would be alot more effective. "Lets help America". Amen?
  • by To Mike on Feb 11, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    Nope, they will serve 95% of the sentence. This is the federal court, no time off for good behavior. To Arcie, if you bring 200 kilos through in 5 trucks and one truck with 20 kilo's gets caught, there still id 80 kilo's making it.
  • by Arcie Location: Washington, NC on Feb 11, 2010 at 04:01 PM
    my question is: how do these drugs enters this country? we have canine units on patrol at the check point and also patrolling the borders?????????
  • by Cuff'em and stuff'em on Feb 11, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    Great job to all the LE involved in cleaning up our state. This bust comes with a bonous, they had enough money and proprty seized to pay for their prison sentence. It's a win win situation.
  • by NC citizen Location: NC on Feb 11, 2010 at 03:03 PM
    Hats off and a round of applause to all the men and women of law enforcement. Thank you for your daily comitment and sacrifices. Now I only hope that our court system puta a exclamation point on your hard work. Again I thank you all for your work!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    This is what happens when you DO NOT INFORCE THE LAW OBAMA!!!!! KICK ALL ILLEGALS OUT OF AMERICA!!!!
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