Four Suspected Cocaine Traffickers Arrested

A multi-agency drug operation has taken four suspected drug dealers off the streets in Tyrrell County.

Lawmen say they seized a half-kilo of cocaine, $5,000 in cash and two vehicles.

Charged with multiple counts of trafficking cocaine are Rolando Padron of Washington, Jose Aree-Marquez of Columbus, Francisco Vasquez of Columbia and Patricia Bibbs of Washington.

All four suspects are in the Washington County Detention Center on $2-million bonds.

The joint operation involved deputies from Tyrrell, Beaufort and Washington counties, along with agents from the F.B.I. and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement.


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  • by lonnie spencer Location: tacoma wa on Jul 24, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    hello i saw born and rised in columbia.I never though in my live time would little old columbia would be so bad with drugs i left19 years boy has it change i we pray for you all ..
  • by WITN on Apr 3, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    Please post in upper and lower case. (You can check out that guideline and more in the "read the rules" on the left side of the homepage.
  • by BILL Location: COLUMBIA on Apr 3, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    KEEP IT UP. THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM IN THE PRISONS FOR SORRY PEOPLE LIKE THIS. I SAY THROW AWAY THE KEY AND KEEP THEM LOCKED UP. EVEN THE ONES THAT BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING DRUGS WILL NOT EVEN WASTE THERE TIME TO COME AND VISIT THESE SORRY PEOPLE. MAYBE AFTER THAT HAPPENS PEOPLE WILL STOP USING DRUGS.
  • by Smart Chick Location: In the country on Mar 31, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    If you people realized how ridiculous you sounded you probably would'nt even comment. Maybe they will get you next! Way to go law enforcement! You are doing a fine job. But if they don't get you in the end God will.
  • by MS Location: NC on Mar 30, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    You have several misspelled names and places in this article
  • by George W on Mar 30, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    Legalize drugs and outlaw evangelists!
  • by Hmmmmmmmmmmm Location: Here on Mar 30, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    They will never get all the drugs out of here, just legalize it and tax the H@@@ out of it.Leave my cigarettes alone.
  • by Mike Location: Washington on Mar 30, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    Since our politicians have passed a bill to give illegal immigrants social security benefits they should just slap these folks on the wrist and give them social security money so they do not have to deal drugs. It is not their fault that they have to break the law they are not getting their money from the government fast enough.
  • by Mark Montgomery Location: NYC on Mar 30, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    The bottom line is that cocaine should be legalized. A group of very serious policemen have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (leap.cc) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. we can't stop drugs. They're sick of chasing drug users and sending innocent people to prison for decades just because they like to get high. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? My brother, Spencer Montgomery III would still be alive if heroin had been legal. He overdosed because He didn't know the actual strength of the heroin he injected. If he could have bought a known amount of heroin in a pharmacy he would still be alive today. Legalize ALL drugs now. Mark Montgomery
  • by local Location: Columbia on Mar 30, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    Keep it up!!! There are plenty more for you to arrest.
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