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Chatham County Deputies Make Major Drug Bust

Posted July 1, 2007 5:05 p.m. EDT

— Chatham County deputies said they seized more than $1 million dollars worth of cocaine in one of largest drug busts in the county's history this weekend.

Chatham deputies and Greensboro narcotics officers conducted an undercover sting operation at a home in Moncure early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Officers said they seized more than $1.3 worth of cocaine and $421,000 in cash from the residence at 256 Ellis Road. Two assault rifles and a .38 caliber handgun were also recovered from the house, deputies said.

“This has got to be one of the biggest seizures of cocaine in our history,” said Chatham County Sheriff Richard Webster. “I certainly don’t remember the sheriff’s office ever involved in the recovery of this kind of money before. I really appreciate the efforts of all the officers involved in getting this amount of drugs off the street."

Officers arrested  four occupants of the house, Everado Mora Sanchez, 27, Martha Chavez Pineda, 46, Margarita Rubio, 25, and Gilberto Seyura Chavez, 16. All are facing felony drug charges, including drug trafficking and intent to distribute.

The undercover operation was conducted by Chatham County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit and Special Incident Response Team, along with the Greensboro Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force.

The four suspects are being held on $775,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear at the Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on July 25.