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Charlotte drug probe leads to multi-county manhunt

Posted August 13, 2010

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— A drug investigation by federal and Charlotte law enforcement expanded into a manhunt for six suspects in Alamance, Lee and Chatham counties Thursday.

Two suspects were arrested at a home at 9473 B Perry Road in Graham, near the Alamance-Chatham county line, Thursday afternoon, according to Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson.

The other suspects fled, sparking a ground and air search that lasted into the night, Johnson said. Two men were arrested during a traffic stop, but two more suspects remain at large. Their identities have not been released.

Authorities arrested Luis Maldonado Diaz, 42, of Charlotte, and Nicolas Hernandez Benitez, 39, of Charlottesville, Va., on three counts of trafficking cocaine and three counts of conspiracy to commit various drug crimes. They were placed in the Alamance County Jail under separate $450,000 secured bonds.

Luis Sanchez Riveria, 21, and Genoveva Jimenez Bautista, 24, both of unknown addresses, were charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit various drug-related crimes. They were placed in the Alamance County jail under separate $250,000 secured bonds.

Investigators said they seized 6 kilograms of cocaine, more than $75,000 in U.S. currency, an AK-47 assault rifle, 10 motor vehicles and various mechanical tools.

The search and investigation involved the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Marshal's Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Charlotte-Mecklenburg area task force, the Lee, Chatham and Alamance county sheriffs' offices, State Highway Patrol, state Department of Correction and the Alamance County Fire Marshall.

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  • 6079 SMITH W Aug 13, 2010

    Nice try, but we don't buy the "Poor Napoleon" routine. "Non-Documented"...really? That does sound better than the truth....illegal aliens. And the only neighbors I have that are involved in organized crime snuck over the border. ;)

  • papitorivera304 Aug 13, 2010

    hooo ! yes ! and don't for get about you legal neighbor who have a meth lab in the barn...don't take me wrong but thats the one u should be worry about..because ur kids will be more friend with them than with a non documented person...think about it,,

  • wrx44 Aug 13, 2010

    They just come here to better their lives....right?

  • GWALLY Aug 13, 2010

    ...naaah...there is no illegal alien or drug problem created by THESE democrats in NC......LOL!!!

  • Tax Man Aug 13, 2010

    Since ICE was in on this may I assume some or all of these suspects were illegals?

  • colliedave Aug 13, 2010

    MS-13 ????

  • mulecitybabe Aug 13, 2010

    This will probably turn into a multi-country manhunt.