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Couple Charged With Drug Sales at Spring Lake House

Posted November 29, 2007
Updated November 30, 2007

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— Cumberland County sheriff's deputies arrested a man and a woman they said were illegal immigrants from Mexico after investigators found drugs, guns and cash in their Spring Lake home on Thursday.

Narcotics agents raided two homes owned by David Ayala Salgado, 32, and Edilma Benitez, 27, at 1631 and 1622 Dimaggio Drive around 8:30 a.m. The second home was being used to distribute drugs, deputies said.

Investigators seized thousands of dollars, an assault rifle, a small-caliber handgun, 22 pounds of marijuana and nearly 5 ounces of cocaine.

Salgado was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver illegal substances, four counts of sale and deliver, eight counts of trafficking cocaine, three counts of trafficking marijuana and one count of maintaining a dwelling for the sale of cocaine.

Benitez was charged with three counts of trafficking in cocaine, three counts of trafficking in marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of cocaine.

A 10-year-old child of the couple was being cared for by a relative.

Both suspects were being processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center.


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