Two men — one local and one from Canada — were arrested at a North Raleigh house on Wednesday on charges that they had almost a pound of cocaine.
Wake County Sheriff's Office investigators took Genio Etienne, 37, and Jermaine Alfonso Gray, 26, into custody about 2:30 p.m. at the house where Etienne lives on Herdsman Way, off Angel Falls Road, arrest records showed.
Gray gave booking officers at the Wake County Detention Center a home address in North Hollywood, California, but federal immigration officials said he is from Canada.
The two men were charged with trafficking cocaine based on their allegedly having more than 400 grams of the drug. That is about 0.88 pounds.
Drug-trafficking charges are all felonies, but the level of the felony depends on the quantity of drugs involved. The most serious cocaine category is 400 grams or more, which is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of 175 to 222 months.
In addition to trafficking, Etienne and Gray were charged with conspiracy to traffic and with maintaining the $470,000 brick house as a place to keep and sell drugs.
Investigators also charged Etienne with possessing a stolen handgun and misdemeanor possession of oxycodone.
A magistrate set each man's bail at $1 million.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents issued a notice asking the Wake County Sheriff's Office to hold Gray for 48 hours so they could take him into custody if he were going to be released.
The house where the pair was arrested is listed in county records as being owned by a couple who live elsewhere in Raleigh.