24 Kilos Of Cocaine Seized In Multi-Agency Drug Cases

Greenville police say two multi-agency drug operations have taken more than 24 kilos of cocaine off the streets, worth almost $2.5 million. Some of that had connections to the LaFamilia drug cartel in Mexico.

Chief William Anderson says the first case happened June 5th when the Highway Patrol stopped a car for following too closely at the intersection of Stantonsburg Road and U.S. 264. A drug dog was alerted to the smell of narcotics and inside a hidden compartment they found 10 kilos of cocaine with a street value of $1 million.

Robin Martinez, 34, of Burlington was charged with several counts of trafficking cocaine and is being held on a $500,000 secured bond.

Anderson says in a separate case a multi-agency undercover operation searched a home in the 100 block of David Drive in Greenville on June 6th. They seized a kilo of coke and $238,455 in cash and arrested Eddie Ballard. Authorities say lawmen also searched Ballard's Vanceboro home and found 5.7 kilos of powered coke with a street value of $570,000.

The 37-year-old Ballard is facing charges in both Pitt and Craven counties and is being held on a $500,000 secured bond.

The chief says in related case authorities performed a consent search to a home in Chapel Hill, seizing another 8 kilos of coke with a street value of $800,000. In that search three firearms and $5,000 in cash was also seized. Anderson says the investigation shows the 8 kilos were heading to Craven and neighboring counties. Pedro Ruelas of Chapel Hill was arrested in that raid.

Anderson says the David Drive search, the one on Vanceboro and in Chapel Hill are connected to the LaFamilia Drug Cartel, based in the southwest Mexican state of Michoacam.

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  • by C=had Location: police state nc on Jun 20, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    DROPS,DROPS,DROPS IN THE BUCKET,There is still plenty of coke sooooooo ......
  • by Concerned for jobs Location: Greenville, NC on Jun 17, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    I have heard that this $2.5 million would go to Pitt County Schools, is that correct? The county the money is seized. So, why cut Teachers jobs......
  • by Fed up on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    What do they do with all the money they be taking from these drug dealers??? They almost broadcast the drugs but never how much money that was really taken?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    lets keep cutting the budget and staff of the sheriff's office so all the other involved agenices will have a bigger cut when splitting all that cash. But it's ok cause the county manager will still get his raise in the end....
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      by bs on Jun 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM in reply to
      thats what the county does. and the manager did get a raise recently but the county employees (atleast the ones on the street that do all the work)have not even got a cost of living in a few years now.
  • by Bon Location: An Island on Jun 14, 2011 at 09:16 PM
    and 24 more kilos will be right back in Greenville the next day. These cartels have plenty of backup stashes for events just like this. Its a hopless battle....GJ for the cops though!
  • by Steve Urkel Location: Greenville on Jun 14, 2011 at 08:17 PM
    So where was the Pitt County Sheriff's Office interdiction/traffic unit. Oh yea they don't have one, glad to see that GPD Administration isn't worried about potential voters!!! Good Job GPD
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      by Eddie on Jun 15, 2011 at 09:30 AM in reply to Steve Urkel
      Lets keep cutting the staff and budget back so all of the supporting agencies involved have a bigger cut of the cash when it comes time to split it. But hey in the end the county manager will still get his raise.
  • by SupportthePOEPOE Location: greenville,nc on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    Way to go GPD on this one ! I am so happy to hear this is off the streets.For you thugs out there that sell the stuff you have no clue how many lives you ruin in the process.I sense this may be the beginning of many more arrest I hope.Clean up the streets and neighbors don't be scared to call the police they are here to do a job its what we pay them to do keep this mess off our streets.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Jun 14, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    Good job GPD and thank you for keeping us safe. Civilians can do their part and report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
  • by Big Red Location: Greenville on Jun 14, 2011 at 04:06 PM
    Great work, GPD! Let's have more stories like this! To paraphrase a saying: "A drug bust a day, keeps the crackheads away!"
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      by bs on Jun 15, 2011 at 07:35 AM in reply to Big Red
      i wish. it will cause the cost of dope to go up so the crackheads will start feeming more and begin stealing more to support thier habit at a higher cost. supply and demand.
  • by JusticeForAll on Jun 14, 2011 at 03:49 PM
    Meanwhile, in Texas, the BATFE is actually SELLING guns to the cartels, and trying to cover it up now that they've been caught. And in Afghanistan, our good men and women in the USMC are being given orders to guard the opium poppy fields, and are helping the farmers grown, produce, package, and transport opium to Asia, Russian, and Europe by the TON... Yeah, our drug laws make all kinds of sense... Lesson learned: if you're going to be engaged in trafficking large quantities of narcotics, you'd better be wearing a uniform, because THEN it's OK...
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      by bs on Jun 15, 2011 at 07:27 AM in reply to JusticeForAll
      stop reading the super market tabloids!!
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