Man charged with owning pounds of pot found in Garner storage unit

Kevin Junior Gomez-Sosa
Kevin Junior Gomez-Sosa CCBI

Authorities in Wake County arrested a 21-year-old man Tuesday on charges of owning 12.5 pounds of marijuana and 150 opiate pills that they found in a Garner storage locker during the summer.

Kevin Junior Gomez-Sosa, was picked up by Raleigh police. Gomez-Sosa also was wanted by state corrections officers, who had listed him as a probation absconder after he failed to comply with conditions imposed for felony drug convictions in 2017.

An arrest warrant issued in June charged Gomez-Sosa with trafficking in opiates, trafficking in marijuana and maintaining the storage unit at 309 U.S. 70 East in Garner as a place to keep drugs.

Drug trafficking is a more serious felony than possession with intent to sell. It is based on the quantity involved.

Garner police found the drugs after they got a search warrant for the storage unit at the request of Cary and Raleigh narcotics investigators, Capt. Joe Binns, a Garner police spokesman, said Wednesday.

According to the warrant, the pills that police found were counterfeit Percocet that contained an opiate derivative. Real Percocet is a pain reliever that combines a narcotic with acetaminophen.

Binns said police also found about 23 grams of a powder in the storage unit and are awaiting laboratory analysis of that.

Gomez-Sosa was held in lieu of $1 million bail pending a court appearance.

He has been listed as living at various addresses during previous arrests, including ones in Cary and Garner. Booking officers at the Wake County Detention Center on Wednesday listed an address at a multifamily house on East Circle Drive in Cary.

Ron Gallagher 919-829-4572 @RPGKT