More than a half kilo of powder cocaine was seized Wednesday in a multi-agency investigation that spanned several counties.
Lenoir County deputies arrested two men after finding the 22 ounces of coke--valued at $43,120--in a vehicle on Burncoat Road in the southern part of the county.
With the help of NC Alcohol Law Enforcement, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Duplin County Sheriff's Office and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office they arrested Manuel Servantes, 39, of Goldsboro and Jose Colunga-Flores, 24, of LaGrange.
Servantes is charged with trafficking in cocaine by possession, trafficking in cocaine by transport, conspire to traffic in cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, which are all felonies. Servantes was jailed on a $800,000.00 secured bond.
Colunga-Flores was charged with conspiring to traffic in cocaine, a felony. He was jailed on a $250,000.00 secured bond.
"We are actively working to affect these large quantity drug shipments that are coming into our area, said Sheriff Chris Hill. "Our Narcotics Detectives are dedicating numerous hours to find and arrest these persons who are facilitating drug trafficking in Lenoir County. We are proud to continue to build relationships with outside agencies like the ones who have helped in this arrest because drug suppliers do not stop at county lines."