Man surrenders on cocaine-selling charges filed by Wake narcs

Jorge Alberto Mendoza
Jorge Alberto Mendoza CCBI

A Harnett County man was held on $500,000 bail after he turned himself in on charges from Wake County narcotics investigators that he twice sold cocaine to undercover officers in June.

Jorge Alberto Mendoza, 31, of 4285 Piney grove Road in Angier, was wanted on warrants alleging cocaine trafficking on June 3 and June 10. At the time, according to arrest warrants deputies swore out in early July, they believed Mendoza lived on Twin Creek Drive in Smithfield.

He surrendered at the Wake County Detention Center on Tuesday, according to arrest records.

The warrants accused Mendoza of four counts of cocaine trafficking each time, saying he possessed, transported, sold and delivered between 28 and 200 grams of cocaine to the two undercover officers on both dates.

Any cocaine possession in North Carolina is a felony. Trafficking, a more serious felony, can be charged when police believe 28 or more ounces are involved.

Investigators also charged Mendoza with maintaining a Chevrolet Impala to keep keep and sell drugs and with conspiring with a woman in the alleged cocaine sales.

Arrest records do not show the woman has been apprehended.

Mendoza was scheduled for a Wednesday court appearance.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT