5 arrested on drug-trafficking charges

Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:36 AM
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Columbia County authorities have filed drug trafficking charges against four men and a woman after seizing large amounts of cash, cocaine, heroin and marijuana from a Harlem residence.

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Columbia County investigators seized cocaine, heroin, marijuana and guns from a home in Harlem where five people were arrested Wednesday on drug-trafficking charges.  SPECIAL
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Columbia County investigators seized cocaine, heroin, marijuana and guns from a home in Harlem where five people were arrested Wednesday on drug-trafficking charges.


Alexandra Elena Lopez-Chavez, 47, who lived at the White Road home searched by sheriff’s investigators Wednesday, was charged with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Capt. Steve Morris said in an e-mail.

Lopez-Chavez was in the home when investigators, who had obtained a search warrant after an undercover operation, entered about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Morris said.

Four men found in a shed near the home also were arrested, Morris said. In custody are Alfredo Reyes-Valdez, 34, and Ranulfo Valdovinos-Enriquez, 41, both residents of the White Road address; Ezequiel Segovia Chavez, 29, of the 100 block of Daffodil Avenue in North Augusta; and Luis Emillio Figueroa, 27, of Applecross Apartments in Martinez.

All five are being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center, and authorities are attempting to determine their immigration status, Morris said.

Investigators seized two kilos of cocaine hidden in a freezer inside a camper behind a barn on the property, and about one pound of heroin and one pound of marijuana in a cooler inside the barn, Morris said. They also discovered 546 suspected small marijuana plants on a trailer in a field, and seized $14,198 in cash and six firearms.

The plants are being sent to the GBI Crime Lab. If they are confirmed to be marijuana, all of those arrested will be charged with manufacturing marijuana, Morris said.

In addition to the cash, authorities seized and intend to file condemnation on a 2003 Nissan Maxima, a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500, a 1997 GMC Sierra 1500, a 2003 Ford Super Duty, a 2000 Toyota Tun­dra, a Yamaha Wolverine 4x4, an Arc­tic
Cat 650 4x4 and a Bobcat with trailer.

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SouthAugustan
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SouthAugustan 05/23/13 - 10:56 am
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Drug traffickers

in Columbia County??? No way!!!

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/23/13 - 11:19 am
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wanna bet they are all
Unpublished

wanna bet they are all illegals....any takers?? i am sure when questioned the answers they gave were "mee-da...mee-da...me speak-ee no english".....all they have to do is call obammay and i am sure some how when they are set to be deported it will be blocked....gotta shore-up dat illegal alien-mexican vote for 2014

griff6035
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griff6035 05/23/13 - 11:25 am
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Immigration status?

Yes, what is it, and what will happen if they are in our Country Illegally?

dwb619
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dwb619 05/23/13 - 11:27 am
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surnames

There appears to be commonality in the family names.

school bus driver
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school bus driver 05/23/13 - 11:40 am
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Family Business

No wonder they had so many vehicles and toys! Family business!

allhans
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allhans 05/23/13 - 12:48 pm
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'.....authorities are

'.....authorities are attempting to determine their immigration status, Morris said."

I certainly hope so.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/24/13 - 03:52 am
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DIXIEMAN SAYS FORFEIT THEIR POINTS TO ME

Hey, folks, the election is over, Obama is in, you got your payment from the Democratic National Committee, time to move on and go back home!!

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 05/23/13 - 03:53 pm
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Worried About Pot Plants

They had a pound of heroin and 2 keys of cocaine, why are they even worried about the pot plants. That should keep them in Jail long enough.
I guess manufacturing Pot gets more time than the sale/possession trafficking of Heroin and Cocaine.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 05/23/13 - 09:03 pm
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In Lilly w COLUMBIA county

In Lilly w COLUMBIA county where there IS crime and drugs. Some just do not want to say so.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/23/13 - 11:49 pm
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Crime and drugs permeate our

Crime and drugs permeate our entire society; some places just more than others.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 05/24/13 - 07:57 am
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Yes, There Is Crime And Drugs In Columbia County

BUT

They are not here for long!!

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