Third Kilo of Cocaine Seized in Father & Son Trafficking Investigation

NEW HANOVER – New Hanover County Sheriff’s Vice Detectives have arrested two Brunswick County residents in the significant cocaine seizure on Thursday.

Luis Hernandez, 38 of Leland, has been charged with Trafficking Cocaine by Transportation, Trafficking Cocaine by Possession, Trafficking Cocaine by Manufacturing, Trafficking Cocaine by Sale, and Conspiring to Traffic in Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Sell & Deliver Cocaine, Maintaining a Dwelling/Vehicle for Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Luis Hernandez remains in the New Hanover County Detention Facility under at $1,500,000 secured bond. Oscar Hernandez, 19 of Leland, and son of Luis Hernandez has been charged with four counts of Trafficking Cocaine, Conspiring to Traffic in Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Dwelling/Vehicle for Drugs. Oscar Hernandez also remains in the New Hanover County Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond.

“Over the course of this four week investigation, we’ve received tremendous assistance from Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Duplin County Sheriff’s Office. As a result we’ve arrested two major drug traffickers who has brought large quantities of cocaine to New Hanover and surrounding counties”, said Captain Ciamillo.

Captain Ciamillo also applauds his Detectives for their dedication and working extended hours in order to keep these lethal drugs off the streets of New Hanover County.

Update – Tuesday, July 7, 2009

As the tri-county investigation continues in New Hanover, Duplin and Brunswick counties detectives have seized and searched 13 vehicles, made two additional arrests and seized an additional kilo of cocaine.

Sheriff’s Detectives, with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms and the North Carolina Highway Patrol, continue to investigate individuals connected to the father and son who were arrested in Wilmington last Thursday.

A detailed search, using specialized equipment, led Detectives to a third kilo of cocaine that was hidden in a “secret” compartment inside the vehicle stopped in Wilmington. This increases the seized drug amount to three kilos, along with the $40,000 cash – reported earlier.

Additional arrests are pending as this investigation continues. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. ###PIO-CGS

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