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Drug Bust Takes $2 Million in Cocaine

Posted April 15, 2007

— Three men were being held on $25 million bonds in the Durham County Jail on Sunday following a drug bust that police said netted $2 million worth of cocaine and $150,000 worth of marijuana.

Filemon Lopez Rebolledo, 28, who police said had addresses in Yakima, Wash., and 2804 W. Main St. in Durham, was arrested along with Jose Antonio Gonzalez Velez, 38, of 120 Alexander Drive in Oxford, and Luis Castellanos Gomez, 34, of 113 Herbert St. in Durham.

Police charged all three with conspiracy to traffic cocaine. The arrests netted 94 kilograms of cocaine and approximately 150 pounds of marijuana, officials said.

Rebolledo was also charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver and felony possession of cocaine, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

Additional charges against Gonzalez Velez were trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of controlled substances and driving without a license, police said.

They charged Gomez with trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver.

Police said the case began when their Interstate Crime Enforcement (ICE) Team stopped a Ford Ranger on Fayetteville Street on Friday. Gonzalez Velez was driving, and police arrested him after they found five kilos of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment in the vehicle, they said.

After that, police said, investigators executed three search warrants in Durham and seized approximately $300,000 in U.S. currency, a Tec-9 assault pistol, three vehicles and various drug and money packaging materials.


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  • superman Apr 17, 2007

    Have they announced when and where they will be offering this at public auction? May I suggest Carter-Finley they might be large enough to hold the people who are bidding.

  • yukonjohn3 Apr 16, 2007

    Tuflove, I have to agree with danhoggard, the streets probably didnt even blink with this loss of drugs. It sounds like alot of coke, but trust me, I bet it would be gone in a couple of days, and I am sure as soon as the cops got these shipments, the drug lords got another couple of shipments in to replace it. This will continue as long as the profits are as large as they currently are. Once the money is taken out, the drug crisis is OVER. As is a HUGE AMOUNT OF THE CRIME.

  • ms maam Apr 16, 2007

    Scarface (dont believe the hype) I think...anyway, Durham is sort of a midway point, but Miami and NYC are the places that flourish off the cocaine trade...Durham has some weight, but not alot. These guys were just mules.

  • danhoggard Apr 16, 2007

    Where do they go? Well, some of them go up your nose, while others chose to combine them with baking soda and cook them and then smoke them. I've heard of strippers sticking them in other weird places, but that's not been confirmed.. lol. just kidding. Durham and Chapel Hill Raleigh area go through 90 kilos in not time. Like I said street was probably dry for about 8 hours.

  • 1 of the original Americans Apr 16, 2007

    vergirl111 - R. Martin is a US citizen and therefore can flip the president the bird at any given time and guess what its ok!

  • parr4246 Apr 16, 2007

    Good thing this bust wasn't in Robeson County...........they would have probably come up a little short in the drugs/cash!!

  • TufLove Apr 16, 2007

    So, were these drugs intended for Durham use or is the mid-way point? Where do drug amounts like this go from here? NY or Florida? North or South? Isn't Durham like the middle man?

  • k9cop0201 Apr 16, 2007

    I get that information from years of experience in NC dealing with illegal aliens. Most of the hispanic labor community in NC is illegal. If you are in the country illegally, you are a criminal. You dont have to be selling drugs to be a criminal, you only have to be intentionally breaking laws, which is what illegal aliens do as soon as they cross the border. And I say the tragedy of 9-11 was applauded across Mexico because several members of the Mexican community, as well as some friends in the Border Patrol, have told me at different times that it was. Does the whole country feel that way, probably not. That is not reasonable to believe. But that was the mentality in several parts of their country. Doubt it if you so choose, but do some research before you critisize.

  • danhoggard Apr 16, 2007

    Well, Durham streets will be dry for about 8 hours.

  • Its Just What I Do Apr 16, 2007

    better off dead?