Charges stick for two of four after drug arrests in Zebulon

From staff reportsJune 24, 2013 

— A Wake County district attorney dropped charges against two of four suspects who were arrested together June 19, when sheriff’s deputies found drugs during a traffic stop on Old U.S. 264 in Zebulon.

No longer facing charges are Antonio Pineda Arias, 17, of 6859 Little Creek Road, Zebulon, and Marco Antonio Antunez, 39.

The two were initially charged with a combined 14 counts of trafficking cocaine and four counts of conspiracy.

Antunez was released from Wake County Jail on Thursday and Arias was released the next day.

Humberto Moreno Rodriguez, 43, and Gerardo Remigio Elcordio, 25, remained in jail as of Monday.

Rodriguez was charged with 14 counts of trafficking in cocaine and three conspiracy counts for offenses that warrants said happened between June 6 and June 19. He was being held in lieu of $5 million bond, and immigration authorities were checking to determine if he had entered the country legally from Mexico.

Elcordio faces one count of conspiracy on May 22, and was being held on $15,000 bond. Immigration officials filed a notice that they were checking whether he, too, was legally in the United States from Mexico.

Arrest warrants said the amount of cocaine involved was between 200 and 400 grams, a category specified in state law for deciding the seriousness of a drug offense. That is between 0.44 pounds and 0.88 pounds.

The warrants say that Rodriguez, Antunez and Elcordio all live at 6729 Kelly Court, Zebulon.

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