Five swept up in Wake sheriff arrests stemming from cocaine purchases

rgallagher@newsobserver.comJuly 24, 2013 

— Drug investigators from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office have arrested five people they said were involved in drug sales to undercover officers in December, January and February, and they charged one of them with having 1.8 pounds of marijuana at her home Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office declined to say why they decided to make the arrests now during a continuing investigation.

It appears from arrest warrants for the five that deputies believe two men were involved in selling cocaine to one undercover agent while the woman and two other men are accused of selling to a different person they did not know was a law enforcement officer.

Kristine Badgett Perkinson, 36, of 5355 Glenmorgan Lane in Raleigh was arrested at her home on four counts of trafficking in cocaine on Jan. 17, using a 2006 Nissan Murano to keep drugs and conspiring with Cclanus Curry Jr. and Salvador David Sanchez to sell to the unidentified undercover officer.

Tuesday, the warrants allege, Perkinson had 1.8 pounds (821 grams) of marijuana at the house and drug paraphernalia with cocaine and marijuana residue on them and a scale like drug dealers use.

Deputies charged her with using the house to keep drugs, possession of the marijuana and possession of an unspecified amount of heroin.

Curry, 37, of 5029 Sedgewick Drive in Raleigh, was charged with conspiring with Perkinson and Sanchez on Jan. 17, four counts of cocaine trafficking and using the same Nissan as Perkinson.

Deputies arrested Curry on Bertram Drive, an arrest report said.

Sanchez, 26, of 3957 Tyler Bluff Lane in Raleigh, was arrested at his home and charged with four counts of cocaine trafficking; two counts of possession with intent to sell, selling and delivering cocaine; conspiring with Perkinson and Curry and using a 1998 Acura Integra and a 2006 Kia Optima for keeping and selling drugs.

The warrants say four transactions with the undercover officer began with 2 grams on Jan. 4 and reached 47.8 grams on Feb. 13.

The man who faces the most charges from the arrests is Oscar Armando Arias, 38, of 3412 New Hope Road in Raleigh.

Deputies charged Arias with 19 counts of trafficking in cocaine between Dec. 14 and Feb. 16, several counts of possessing, selling and delivering cocaine and using a 2000 Honda, a 1998 Mitsubishi Montero and a Chevrolet truck whose year was not specified as places to keep and sell drugs.

Arias, who was arrested at home, was charged with conspiring with Marbin Alexander Avelar, 28, of 6201 Brielson Place in Raleigh to sell and deliver cocaine on Jan. 4.

Avelar was charged with conspiring with Arias and cocaine possession, sale and delivery.

Online records showed Avelar was being held without bond at the Wake County detention center.

Bail for Arias was set at $1,105,000, and he was being held Wednesday.

In the other cases, Perkinson was being held in lieu of $282,000 bail, Sanchez in lieu of $750,000 bail and Curry in lieu of $255,000 bail.

Sanchez, who was booked under that name, was listed in the arrest warrants as Sanchez-Hernandez.

It was unclear whether he was related to Cesar Sanchez Sanchez-Hernandez, whom deputies arrested Jan. 18 on numerous cocaine charges and who is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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