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Two arrested on drug, weapons charges in Lee County

Posted June 18, 2010

— Lee County Sheriff Tracy L. Carter reported on his blog Tuesday the arrest of two men on drug and weapons charges.

Lee County drug agents worked with Sanford police to investigate Jorge Alberto Aguilar, 27, of Lumberton, and Jose DeJesus Garcia-Lopez, 20, of Siler City.

Officers seized two kilograms of cocaine and an AK-47 assault weapon from the Nissan Pathfinder the men were operating.

Because Aguilar initially gave a false name, authorities notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that both men may be in the country illegally.

They were being held in the Lee County jail.

Both men were charged with trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transportation, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, maintaining a vehicle to keep drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.


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  • jbg353 Jun 18, 2010

    There was plenty cocaine around before illegal immigration
    was ever a problem. Don't put the blame on people that are
    simply providing a product greatly desired by US citizens.
    Many US citizens are involved in drug production and

  • oldrebel Jun 18, 2010

    Again, those who come into this country Illegally show they have no regard for our laws to begin with. Why should we be surprised when the Illegals continue to enagage in criminal activity...afterall their very presence here is criminal in nature.

  • prettylittleangeleyes Jun 18, 2010

    No matter what it's called- a weapon in the hands of a criminal is a dangerous one. All Americans have the right to bear arms and they should but we have to work together to get these criminals off of the streets. There seems to be a delicate balance of trying to keep these weapons away from people like these and at the same time try not to infringe on the rights of the people who abide by the law.

  • sayitoutloud Jun 18, 2010

    Imagine that. Illigal hispanics arrested in Lee county for drugs and weapons...BIG SHOCKER.

  • Hip-Shot Jun 18, 2010

    "Why doesn't the media call it what it really is, a Semi-automatic rifle and quit calling it an "assault weapon" just to try to give the rifle a bad image? "

    Agreed. And notice that the list of charges included carrying a concealed weapon and not "possession of a weapon of mass destruction". There's nothing wrong with the firearm as long as it is in a semi-auto configuration, not really that more dangerous than a clip fed .22 rifle.

  • Just the facts mam Jun 18, 2010

    "both men may be in the country illegally." Really??? Don't tell the Democratic state politicians - they will want to give them something free such as access into a community college, or free health care, or food stamps, etc.

  • nogade Jun 18, 2010

    As I was growing up, I never heard of "press 1 for English"! Now look at the mess we're in!

  • DeaconBlues Jun 18, 2010

    "and an AK-47 assault weapon"

    Why doesn't the media call it what it really is, a Semi-automatic rifle and quit calling it an "assault weapon" just to try to give the rifle a bad image?