The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) arrested four people early Saturday morning and charged each with two counts of felony trafficking in cocaine. The arrests followed a routine traffic stop.
Sara Maritza Andrade Ledezma, 29, Miguel Angel Sosa Paredes, 28, Jorge Luis Lara Mendoza, 42, and Jamie Lee Mays, 29, each face two charges of felony trafficking in cocaine. One charge is for possessing the drug; the other is for transporting it. Andrade Ledezma, Sosa Paredes, and Mays are from Graham; Lara Medoza, whom authorities also charged with one count of carrying a concealed weapon, is from Burlington.
Following the stop, a Hillsborough Police K9 unit helped search the vehicle and discovered three kilos of cocaine, packaged and ready to be delivered. “K9 units are such a valuable asset for law enforcement. This is an example of how their efforts assist in the detection and removal of drugs from our streets,” said Sheriff Charles Blackwood.
All four were in the detention center over the weekend under a $2,500,000.00 secured bond and had their first appearance at 2 pm today. At that time, a judge reviewed their bonds and left them at the level set by the magistrate. All four will be back in court on November 4, 2019.
Said Blackwood, “Under North Carolina law, one ounce of cocaine is considered a trafficking amount. This arrest led to the confiscation of slightly more than 6.6 pounds of cocaine; obviously this amount would have had a tremendous, negative impact had it hit the streets of our county. I am proud of our patrol division for the traffic enforcement efforts that led to the detection and recovery of such a large amount of narcotics.”
Nelson Perez is the lead investigator on this case. Anyone with additional information is asked to call him at (919) 245-2928.