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Agents seize 210 pounds of marijuana

Posted June 11, 2010

— Agents with the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement on Friday seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana near the Gaston and Lincoln County line.

Acting on citizen complaints, ALE agents began investigating drug trafficking at a hotel and a motel.

That investigation led agents to pull over a 2003 Chevrolet Astro van, where they said they found 110 pounds of marijuana. Agents arrested the van's driver, Ninfa Hinojosa, 28, of Athens, Ga., and charged her with trafficking marijuana and felony possession of marijuana.

Agents were then led to a home at 3035 Hunters Hope Lane in Lincolnton. There agents said they conducted a search of the residence and found more than 100 pounds of marijuana.

At the house, agents arrested Jose Jesus Ramirez, Ricardo Carrillo Polanco and Modesto Marquez Medina.

Ramirez, 23, was charged with felony maintaining a dwelling to keep and sell controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to commit the felony of trafficking in marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and trafficking marijuana.

Polanco, 20, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking marijuana and felony maintaining a dwelling to keep and sell controlled substances.

Medina, 24, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to commit the felony of trafficking in marijuana, trafficking marijuana and possess with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

The estimated street value of the marijuana seized Friday is $168,000. In addition to the pot, agents seized $7,432, a 2006 Jeep Cherokee, a 2001 GMC pick-up truck and the 2003 Chevrolet Astro.

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  • 8675309-9 Jun 14, 2010

    Go GT2....I thought the numbers seemed right on.

  • GO GT2 Jun 14, 2010

    Where do they come up with the values? cut that number in half and of it is skunk- half of that half...

  • kmichael Jun 11, 2010

    I would have loved to have that amount in my college dorm room.

  • Adelinthe Jun 11, 2010

    PARTEEE!!!

    PARTEEE!!!

    Seriously though, good job, although finding child molesters would probably have been more meaningful since pot is the least harmful drug on the streets.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Kingfish Jun 11, 2010

    Good job ALE!!! Keep up the good work. While I agree that pot is not the most harmful drug on the street, it's still illegal. Until it's made legal and regulated like alcohol, keep busting the dealers and eventually we can deport them.

  • twc Jun 11, 2010

    I guess the next logical step is to take the offenders to Arizona to find out if they are refugees. Oops--I mean illegals.

  • twc Jun 11, 2010

    That's nice. But how about focusing on the hard drugs? Pot isn't even as harmful as tobacco!

    Go find some heroin, meth, opiates!