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2 from Texas, 2 from NC charged in Raleigh cocaine bust

Narcotics detectives arrested a man and a woman from Texas, a man from Mount Olive and one from Rose Hill on Sunday, charging them with North Carolina's highest-level cocaine trafficking offense and conspiracy.

Arrest warrants charged that Analee Esquivel, 22, of Houston; Jose Francisco Blanco, 34, of Pasadena, Texas; Axel Orlando Vargas-Flores, 32, of Mount Olive and Fredin Amilcar Meza, 40, of Rose Hill, both in Duplin County; were brought to police detective headquarters on Atlantic Avenue before they were formally charged Sunday evening, records showed.

Police disclosed little about the case in the arrest warrants they swore out, but they specified that it involved more than 400 grams of cocaine.

That amount is the threshold for the most serious trafficking category in state law.

Esquivel was charged with trafficking and with conspiring with Blanco and another man to do that, and a magistrate set her bail at $800,000.

Blanco was charged with trafficking, using a 2012 Acura to store and sell drugs and conspiracy. His bail was set at $1 million.

Vargas-Flores was accused of trafficking, delivering the cocaine to an undercover operative and conspiring with three others, including a man identified only as “Roberto.” A magistrate set bail for him at $1 million.

Meza was charged with trafficking, conspiracy and maintaining a vehicle for drug purposes. His bail was $400,000.

The four were scheduled for first court appearances Monday.

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