Nearly $3M in cocaine seized in Wilson, Johnston
Posted February 14, 2012
Wilson, N.C. — Authorities in Wilson and Johnston counties have seized 59 kilograms of cocaine, valued at almost $3 million, in separate cases in recent weeks.
An investigation by the Wilson Police Department's Narcotics Unit led to a search of a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee that turned up 47 kilograms of powder cocaine, police said Tuesday.
No one was in the vehicle at the time of the discovery, and no arrests have been made, police said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Wilson Police Department drug hotline at 252-399-2353.
Drug agents with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office searched a room at the Days Inn in Kenly on Saturday following a tip and found eight kilograms of cocaine. Investigators used information gathered from the hotel room to search a home at 105 Spring Branch Lane in Angier, where they found another four kilograms of cocaine, authorities said.
Rosembert Espindola, 43, of Timber Street in Faison, was charged with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep a controlled substance. He was being held Tuesday in the Johnston County jail under a $1 million bond.