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'Well over' $3 million of cocaine seized from Chapel Hill home

Posted September 29

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— A multi-agency investigation into a cocaine trafficking operation turned up more than $3 million worth of the drug after a search of a Chapel Hill home.

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office said deputies found 38 kilograms of suspected cocaine hydrochloride during the Sept. 23 search of a home at 131 Morton Road. The drugs had an estimated street value "well over" $3 million, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies also seized an estimated $530,000 of cash, which was packaged, sealed and prepared for transport out of the country. Five firearms, ammunition, a commercial-grade money counter, digital scales and several luxury vehicles were also taken from the home.

In connection with the investigation, five people were charged with trafficking a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and maintaining a dwelling/place to sell or distribute cocaine, authorities said. All five were jailed under a $1 million bond. Those charged are:

–Jose Manuel Elzaldo-Serrano, 39

–Carlos Ocegyeda-Serrano, 41

–Venusian Serrano-Mejia, 40

–Fernado Rivera-Hernandez, 45

–Christian Manor Gomez-Santos, 30

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  • Jeffrey Derry Sep 29, 7:25 p.m.
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    cocaine: build the wall says these guys: Jose Manuel Elzaldo-Serrano, 39 –Carlos Ocegyeda-Serrano, 41 –Venusian Serrano-Mejia, 40 –Fernado Rivera-Hernandez, 45 –Christian Manor Gomez-Santos, 30 ...wake up Americans we are losing our borders, languages and culture

  • Ron Coleman Sep 29, 6:04 p.m.
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    This is bogus propaganda, the media keeps telling us they are here because they want to work and have a better life. Guess they got it.

  • Morris Vobserv Sep 29, 12:46 p.m.
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    Those poor illegal immigrants don't commit crimes! They're hard working people. Just looking for a chance to make it in America. Let 'em go! LOL

  • Anita Lambert Hawley Sep 29, 11:39 a.m.
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    This is the kind of people Trump wants to keep out of our great country!