Wake deputies charge cocaine trafficking after three undercover meetings

From staff reportsApril 15, 2013 

— A man was being held in lieu of $1 million bail Monday to face charges that he delivered between 28 and 200 grams of cocaine to an undercover Wake County sheriff’s deputy on April 5 and then again on Friday and Saturday.

According to arrest warrants charging Rogelio Alegre Cortez, 45, with trafficking in cocaine, he sold the drug the first two times, then was arrested during the third encounter at Capital Boulevard and Calvary Drive late Saturday afternoon.

Neither arrest warrants nor an online arrest report indicated deputies had established a permanent address for Cortez, and all listed “anywhere” in Raleigh.

Arrest warrants sometimes specify a quantity range for drugs rather than an exact amount because the level of felony under state law depends on ranges.

The 28- to 200-gram range is the lowest of three under trafficking and carries a 35- to 51-month sentence for a conviction.

Deputies charged Cortez with 11 counts of trafficking – three for possession, three for transporting, three for delivering and two for selling.

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