Narcotic Investigation Nets 1 Kilo 2 Arrests

NEW HANOVER – Detectives with the New Hanover County Vice and Narcotics Division recently concluded a month-long investigation that led the arrest of two New Hanover County men and the seizure of more than 1-kilo of cocaine, a street value of $100,000. The arrest occurred on Thursday, July 30th at 1:00 p.m. in the 5100 block of Market Street.

Bernardo Medina-Sandoval, 36, and Angel Hernandez-Benitez, 52, both of New Hanover County were charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, conspiring to traffic in cocaine, maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for drugs, possession with the intent to sell and deliver and conspiring to sell/deliver cocaine. Hernandez-Benitez was also charged for being a fugitive from justice on an out-of-state warrant for drug related activity. Both men remain in custody at the New Hanover County Detention Facility.

In addition to the cocaine seizure, Detectives also seized $13,800 in cash, four automobiles and one boat.

Detectives add as this investigation continues additional arrests are possible.

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