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Wake deputies use cellphone app in drug sting

Posted January 24, 2020 8:10 p.m. EST
Updated January 24, 2020 9:24 p.m. EST

— As part of an investigation into a drug pipeline from Mexico to the Triangle, the Wake County Sheriff's Office used the WhatsApp messaging service to set up a sting.

According to an applications for a warrant to search a cellphone, an undercover officer was communicating through WhatsApp with an unknown man in Mexico and asked for 10 kilograms of methamphetamine and a half kilogram of heroin.

Undercover officers met with a woman at the Ashton Square shopping center on Capital Boulevard on Oct. 3, and police then used a traffic stop to arrest the woman and confiscate more than 19 pounds of methamphetamine and more than a pound of heroin.

Andrea Guadalupe Bonilla-Rodriguez, 36, of Louisiana, was charged with drug trafficking.

Deputies say they have been working large drug stings for a while, cooperating with several agencies, but they decline to discuss them, saying only that they are ongoing.

According to the search warrant, communication with the unidentified man in Mexico has resulted in multiple felony arrests.

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