Illegal Alien Caught With 60 Pounds Of Cocaine

CLAYTON, NC (The Johnston County Report) – An overnight drug bust is being considered one of the largest in Johnston County history.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and federal DEA agents executed a search warrant at a home on Buckhorn Lane off Buffalo Road near Clayton late Monday night and seized 28 kilos of cocaine weighing 61.6 pounds and 20 pounds of marijuana.

Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said the cocaine had a potential street value of $2.8 million and the marijuana a potential street value of $24,000.

Manuel Antonio Mendez, 40, of Buckhorn Lane, Clayton was charged with 6 felony drug trafficking offenses, two counts of conspiracy and one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said this is one of the biggest drug busts in the 19 years he has been Sheriff.

“This is just a good example of the partnership between us, state, and federal agencies working together for the good of Johnston County,” Sheriff Bizzell told WTSB News.

Mendez is being held in the Johnston County Jail under a $5 million bond.

Read more at the Illegal Alien Crime Report
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