Triangle Briefs

3 face drug charges in separate cases

From Staff ReportsOctober 19, 2006 

— Police arrested three men on drug trafficking charges and confiscated more than $430,000 worth of cocaine in separate incidents recently, according to a news release.

On Oct. 11, Cpl. R.E. Gaddy stopped a 1997 Dodge Intrepid for following too closely on Interstate 40 near N.C. 54. Officers found 20 kilos of cocaine worth at least $400,000 inside the car. The driver, Jorge Luis Jimenez-Salinas, 33, of Middlesex, was charged with three drug trafficking charges. His bail was set at $2 million, the release said.

On Friday, Officer E.J. Jeffries stopped a 1998 Acura on I-85 near U.S. 70 and found 126 grams of cocaine worth about $12,600. The driver, Mark Coleman, 28, of Candle Lane in Newport News, Va., faces five drug charges and a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, the release said. His bail was set at $30,000.

On Tuesday, Gaddy stopped a 1994 Ford Probe on I-85 near Cole Mill Road and found 196 grams of cocaine worth about $20,000. Gaddy charged the driver, Antonio C. Outen, 29, of Greensboro, with five drug-related violations, driving while his license was revoked and a work zone safety violation, the release said. His bail was set at $125,000.

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