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Nash couple accused of trafficking cocaine

Posted August 21, 2008

— A Nash County couple faces numerous charges in connection with a yearlong drug trafficking investigation, which authorities say is a significant drug bust for the area.

Deputies arrested, Gavino Mendoza, 35, and his wife, Martina Hernandez Uribe, 31, both of 7549 Sarah Way in Rocky Mount.

The couple ran a large drug trafficking operation from their home and were sending drugs and money out of state and out of the country, investigators said Thursday morning.

Mendoza, who was arrested Tuesday following an undercover drug buy, faces six counts of trafficking cocaine and two counts of maintaining a place for the purpose of keeping and storing a controlled substance.

Uribe was arrested Thursday morning and charged with one count each of manufacturing marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell cocaine, maintaining a place for the purpose of keeping and storing a controlled substance and trafficking cocaine.

Among the items seized from the couple's home was 5.5 pounds of cocaine worth about $250,000, as well as $110,000 in cash and marijuana.

The investigation is not over, and the sheriff's office says there could be more charges and additional arrests.

Investigators also said Thursday that they are working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine if the couple is in the country illegally.

Mendoza was in the Nash County jail Thursday morning under a $2 million bond. His wife was in jail under a $1 million bond.


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  • familyfour Aug 21, 2008

    now if they can just catch the guy they work under....

  • JohnB2012 Aug 21, 2008

    I'm happy the family didn't get torn apart!

  • dplowman Aug 21, 2008

    Its good that they arested them but all I want to know is why it took so long? If they know they are selling drugs why wait? Is it so they can look good or what. I wonder how much drugs were put on the street while they were watching them.

  • babyblue2 Aug 21, 2008

    also Old Pirate 2......add food stamps, health care and anything else our DSS hands out free! i don't know about the rest of y'all but i'm tired of my hard earned tax dollars going to take care of these illegal immigrants. it's bad enough we have to foot the bills for the legal welfare recipients while they lay around on their rearends and contribute nothing to this society. whew!!! don't get me started.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Aug 21, 2008

    Pell grant and 2 years in community college system will straigten this couple out.

  • StraightNifonged Aug 21, 2008

    Thats a lot of blow!

  • buco Aug 21, 2008

    they could have been setup

  • Aug 21, 2008

    Don't you just love America. Land of opportunity for everyone.

  • RaleighMan Aug 21, 2008

    Possibly in the country illegally?! Say it isn't so! Wow, that'd be a first here in THIS area.

  • nofear Aug 21, 2008

    they will be deported and not charged. They will be back in the US, soon. We should put up a welcome back sign for all the illegals that are deported