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Four Siler City men arrested in drug busts

Posted November 25, 2009

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— The Chatham County Sheriff's Office arrested four Siler City men in separate busts of cocaine and marijuana distribution rings in mid-November.

Chatham and Lee county sheriff's deputies and U.S. customs officials searched a residence on Fellowship Church Road. They seized two handguns, a shotgun, 4 kilos of cocaine, more than $96,000 and two motor vehicles, authorities said.

Alsibiades Arrizon Santoya, 25, Ontiel Perez Gallegos, 29, and Maria Espinoza Perea, 18, all of 405 Fellowship Church Road, were each charged with felony trafficking in cocaine, felony manufacture of cocaine, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were being held in the Chatham County Jail under separate $150,000 secured bonds.

Separately, Mark Lowe, 36, of 768 Willie Duncan Road, was arrested in an undercover operation in the WalMart parking lot by Chatham and Lee county sheriff's deputies and Liberty police officers. Officers said they seized more than 490 grams of cocaine from Lowe.

Chatham County sheriff's deputies charged Lowe with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and felony possession of marijuana. Liberty police served warrants on him for two counts each of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony selling and delivering marijuana, and felony selling and delivering marijuana within 1,000 feet of school property.

He was placed in the Chatham County Jail under a $110,000 secured bond.

Lowe is on probation for a June 2008 conviction on drug charges in Randolph County, according to state Department of Correction records. He also has convictions for common-law robbery and misdemeanor breaking-and-entering dating from 2000.

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  • jhilfiker2001 Nov 26, 2009

    why was LOWE charged with Possesion of Marijuana w/ intent to deliver, when the story clearly says he sold 490 grams of Cocaine. Proofread duh?

  • ladyblue Nov 26, 2009

    book them dano and may the police stay safe while they catch them all ofut there.

  • Jake Wildstar Nov 26, 2009

    4 Siler City men, LOL!!! Sounds like who ever wrote this story was using some of the "product" the police found.

  • Gaz Nov 26, 2009

    "seized two handguns, a shotgun, 4 kilos of cocaine, more than $96,000 and two motor vehicles, authorities said."

    I think you could call this negative consequences for the community.

  • Gaz Nov 26, 2009

    Chatham County staying out of ICE enforcement program


    Posted: Jan 12, 2009
    Updated: Mar. 9, 2009

    Pittsboro, N.C. — The Chatham County Board of Commissioners officially opposes having local governments contract to help U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforce immigration laws.

    Their concern: participation in ICE could have negative consequences for the community.

    "These unintended consequences do in fact occur, especially when you don't have the wherewithal to properly enforce the laws – and we don't here in Chatham County,” said George Lucier, commissioners chairman. The board recently voted to stay out of the program.

    WRAL-- http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/4298992/

  • Gaz Nov 26, 2009

    four Siler City men....Really?...or did they just live there ?

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 25, 2009

    Yeah, not very PC, but at least its accurate.................