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Police: 4 Mexican nationals busted with 12 lbs. of meth

By Michael Hennessey
Published On: Jul 08 2013 05:51:29 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

14 agencies came together to get 12 pounds of methamphetamine off the street.

Chief Hassan Aden of the Greenville Police Department says four Mexican nationals were smuggling the meth, with a street value of $500 thousand dollars, from California to Virginia. "It's a significant amount for any city anywhere in the country. Half a million dollars worth of crystal meth is huge," said Aden.

Police say the arrest took place on June 28th near the intersection of Verdant Dr. and East 10th Street in Greenville.

Police say the meth was originally made in Sinaloa, Mexico. They would not release where exactly in Virginia the drugs were headed.

The four alleged traffickers are identified as 40-year-old Luis Esteban Macias Pena and 26 year old Jamie Lopez Contreras of Sinaloa, Mexico, as well as 30-year-old Abril Granados of Highland, CA and Julio Cesar Medina of San Bernardino, CA.

All four of them are being held under $1 million dollar secured bond at the Pitt County Detention Center.

The agencies involved include the Greenville Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Lenoir County Sheriff's Office, Farmville Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Wilson Police Department, Goldsboro Police Department, Rocky Mount Police Department, NC Alcohol Law Enforcement, Raleigh Police Department, Person County Sheriff's Office, Pitt County Sheriff's Office and Pitt County District Attorney's Office.

The investigation is still ongoing.