Arrest nets cocaine valued at $130,000, currency totaling $115,400

Dec. 10, 2013 @ 09:42 PM

Roberto Flores-Lopez was arrested by Henderson police Tuesday evening and will face charges connected to cocaine with a street value estimated at $130,000 and cash totaling $115,400.

Flores-Lopez, 27, listed a residence of 78 Shearin Lane, just off Peter Gill Road in the Abbotts Crossing community. He faces charges of trafficking in cocaine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine; maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tuesday evening he was in the Vance County Jail with secured bond set at $100,000. He has a Dec. 23 date in Vance County District Court.

Three other law enforcement agencies worked on the case with Henderson police, including the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Lt. Alan Hedgepeth of the Henderson police, law enforcement became aware of Flores-Lopez recently. When arrested, Flores-Lopez was found with 1.3 kilograms of cocaine in addition to the $115,400 in U.S. currency.

“Usually it’s sold in grams and half-grams, and there’s over 1,300 grams there,” Hedgepeth said. “That’s over 1,300 dosage units.”

Hedgepeth said the special operations division of the Henderson Police Department worked with the narcotics unit of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the State Bureau of Investigation in a joint operation.

Hedgepeth said an investigation is pending to any ties Flores-Lopez may have to criminal organizations. Pending a review by the district attorney’s office, Flores-Lopez could face federal prosecution.

“It’s something that recently came up,” Hedgepeth said of the investigation. “We acted on it and it worked out.”

A review of court records for Vance County and North Carolina didn’t return Flores-Lopez’s name. Hedgepeth said participating agencies knew of no outstanding warrants against Flores-Lopez at the time of arrest.

 

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