SMITHFIELD — Johnston County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators seized 8.4 pounds of cocaine and charged two men with drug trafficking Saturday after raiding a house in Benson, authorities said.
Saturday evening, Wake County narcotics deputies arrested a man in Zebulon and charged him with cocaine trafficking as well, but Capt. James Stevens, spokesman for the Wake sheriff’s office, said the cases were unrelated.
In the Johnston case, deputies arrested Francisco Arrollo Silva, 26, of 2035 Penny Lane in Clayton and Santos Penaloza Millan, 25, of 512 Park Place in Clayton.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said the afternoon raid on a house at 11 S. Pleasant Coats Road in Benson came after a two-month investigation.
Each man was charged with two counts of cocaine trafficking – one for manufacturing and one for possession – two counts of conspiring to traffic and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
About 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Wake deputies arrested Alejandro Garcia-Ponce, 28, of 435 Sir David Drive, near Zebulon, and seized between 28 and 200 grams of cocaine, an arrest warrant stated.
Twenty-eight grams is the threshold for someone to be charged with trafficking rather than possession with intent to sell, a less-serious felony.
Garcia-Ponce was also charged with maintaining a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox as a place to keep and sell drugs.
A second warrant accused Garcia-Ponce of possession with intent to sell or deliver the drug, saying he sold cocaine to a police informant on Jan. 18.
Silva and Millan were each being held in lieu of $510,000 bail.
Garcia-Ponce was being held in lieu of $101,000 bail on the drug charges and two arrest warrants saying he had missed court dates last year.