Orange County narcotics investigators seized more than 6 pounds of cocaine when deputies stopped a car Thursday afternoon because they suspected it was carrying drugs.
Authorities arrested one man, Jose Ignacio Alonzo-Yllescas, 27, who was in the red Infiniti when patrol deputies stopped it for a traffic violation and the driver pulled into an entrance to the A.L. Stanback Middle School, off N.C. 86.
A second man who had been in the car ran, and an extensive search involving deputies, state troopers and police was unable to find him before darkness forced officials to call off the effort.
The sheriff’s office gave out a picture that they said showed the man who fled.
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In a statement Friday, the sheriff’s office said the car held about 3 kilograms of suspected cocaine. A kilogram is equal to 2.2 pounds.
Authorities labeled it as “suspected” cocaine because they did not yet have the results of lab tests confirming the material they seized was the illegal drug, Investigator Brandon Wilkerson said.
In the statement, the sheriff’s office said the narcotics officers working on an ongoing drug investigation got information that a car like the one they stopped held cocaine and was in the of N.C. 86 and Old N.C. 10, south of Hillsborough. The deputies spotted it on N.C. 86.
Alonzo-Yllescas was released on bail after being booked into the Orange County Jail, records showed.
Authorities asked that anyone who thinks they have seen the man in the photo contact them at 919-245-2900.