Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Monday that weekend drug arrests took an estimated $5 million worth of cocaine and methamphetamine off the streets, with investigators seizing more than 66 pounds of cocaine from a Jeep on Interstate 40 and 12 pounds of methamphetamine from an apartment in northeast Raleigh.
Friday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies said, Jorge Osorio-Coria, 26, of 1523 W. 227th St. in Torrance, Calif., had more than 30 kilograms – over 66 pounds – of cocaine in a Jeep Liberty that was traveling on I-40 with no license plate.
A sheriff’s deputy stopped Osorio-Coria on Interstate 40 at Airport Boulevard about 2:30 p.m., records show.
Investigators who work with a multiagency anti-drug task force charged Osorio-Coria with two counts of cocaine trafficking and with using the Jeep to keep and sell drugs.
Never miss a local story.
The same day that Osorio-Coria was arrested, sheriff’s office personnel raided an apartment in northeast Raleigh and seized what they said was more than 12 pounds of powdered methamphetamine.
Deputies said the two men arrested had sold meth to an undercover agent last month.
“We took about $5 million [worth of drugs] off the streets with these arrests,” Harrison said.
Harrison praised investigators’ ongoing efforts to identify and intercept drug traffickers, but he warned that drugs continue to flow into the Triangle from out of state.
Saturday, a sheriff’s deputy arrested Bryont Wade Mims, 49, after stopping him at Old Stage Road and Octone Drive in Willow Springs.
Mims, of 6400 Mims Road had been named in a Nov. 16 arrest warrant that says he had 29 grams (about an ounce) of cocaine on Nov. 1 along with 12.5 grams of marijuana intended for sale.
Following the traffic stop, deputies added charges of trafficking in cocaine and manufacturing cocaine.
The trafficking count was passed on what deputies said was 41.5 grams (about 1.5 ounces) of cocaine. The manufacturing charge can include packaging cocaine as well as actually making it.
They also charged Mims with misdemeanor marijuana possession and failing to appear when he was supposed to be in court in an earlier case. A magistrate set his bail at $1.1 million, says Mims has a history not showing up in court.
Other charges against Mims say he illegally had two .38-caliber revolvers, a stolen 9mm semiautomatic handgun and a .410-gauge shotgun. Mims is a felon and cannot have firearms. He also used a single-wide mobile home to keep and store drugs and had 28 oxycodone tablets illegally, arrest warrants say.
On Friday, Raleigh police charged Jimmy Lee Parker Jr., 44, of 4707 Walden Pond Drive in Raleigh with having about 79 grams (about 2.8 ounces) of heroin and with using the condominium where he lives to keep and sell heroin and marijuana.
Police also charged that Parker, a felon, illegally had a 9mm handgun.