Lawmen: Illegal Immigrants Face Cocaine Charges

Two men who confessed to being illegal immigrants are behind bars on drug charges, according to lawmen.

Augustin Renteria, age 22 of Wilson, and Jesus Rodriguez, age 47 of Wilson, were arrested.

Lawmen say they took the two into custody at a "traffic checking station" on Highway 58 near Adolphus Boone Road in Nash County this week.

Officials say a K-9 at the station alerted them to the suspects' vehicle, and a search revealed 221 grams of cocaine and hundreds of dollars.

Lawmen say both suspects confessed to being illegal immigrants. Both suspects were charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine and trafficking cocaine and placed in jail under a $500,000 bond each.

Rodriguez was also charged with a March drug violation in Nash County.

The arrests were part of a joint investigation with Nash County Sheriff's Office, Wilson County Sheriff's Office and Wilson Police Department.


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  • by wait a second Location: down home on Apr 14, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    if he was charged in March,..what in the wide world of sports is he still doing here,..the law enforcement has some explaining to do in that neck of the woods,..can you say election time!
  • by Mr. Sawyer Location: eastern NC on Apr 14, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    im so sick of politics catering to the latino vote,..eventually the people will take the drug dealers to task no matter what color they are or where they came from
  • by Jim Bob on Apr 14, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    They may be deported, just to back the next day.
  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on Apr 14, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    Is this an example of these poor people who just come here to work and feed their families? That's what our President and our leaders in congress keep telling us. I'm quite sure these two will be free as a bird soon and released right back out in the community to commit more crimes. That's usually the case. We demand our own citizens be punished for their crimes, yet if we expect the same treatment for non-citizens, we are labeled as mean spirited and as racists. If we punish illegals who have children, we are accused of tearing parents away from their children and breaking up families. I wonder why no one ever comes to the defense of American citizen parents with children; pleading for their crimes to be ignored simply because they have children? These two illegal criminal lawbreakers should be deported. It probably won't happen though. There are millions more just like them who are living large off the backs of the taxpayers. The Obama administration plans to keep it that way too.
  • by RealityCheck Location: WashingtonPark on Apr 14, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    Why don't we deport Americans arrested for crimes like drug trafficking? At least the illegals try and fly under the radar. Americans selling drugs stand on the corner and advertise. What a joke.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    Charged in March also? The men were illegals in March. Why then are they still serving poison in our state?
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