Narcotics investigators charged a man with cocaine trafficking after finding what they said was 15 pounds of the drug in a car with Mexican license plates that they stopped on Capital Boulevard in northern Wake County on Thursday.
Agustin Benito Sanchez-Avalos, 56, of Reynosa, Mexico, across the border from McAllen, Texas, was in a 2015 Audi that sheriff’s deputies stopped bat the Franklin County line about noon Wednesday.
In the car, according to arrest warrants, were 15 pounds (3.685 kilograms) of cocaine.
Investigators charged Sanchez-Avalos with two counts of cocaine trafficking, one for possession and one for transporting, and with maintaining the car as a place to keep and sell drugs.
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A magistrate set bail at $500,000 in cash and ordered Sanchez-Avalos to surrender his passport if he were released.
The federal Department of Homeland Security filed a request for authorities to hold Sanchez-Avalos for another 48 hours if he were to be released. A federal notice said officials had determined that deporting Sanchez-Avalos “would serve an important federal interest.”
Sanchez-Avalos was scheduled for a Thursday first court appearance.