Four charged in major cocaine buy

Published 9:42 am Thursday, February 6, 2020

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Undercover officers here had planned to buy multi-kilograms of cocaine for more than $100,000.

Arrangements had been made, but investigators said they believe those providing the cocaine were planning to rob them, said Davie Sheriff J.D. Hartman.

The deal was supposed to take place on Jan. 27, and officers stopped the suspects in two vehicles before the transaction was made. Three adults were arrested and a 16-year-old juvenile was taken into custody.

Officers located cocaine, an AK-47 pistol, two handguns, ammunition, digital scales, more than $1,000 cash, a smoking device, and unknown packaged items sent for testing.

“Officers discovered that the amount of cocaine brought was far less than the agreed upon amount, but the suspects were armed,” Hartman said. “The suspects were found to have ties to Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13.

“The suspects also had tattoos and writings referring to different Saints commonly associated with narcotics trafficking. Investigators believe the suspects were attempting to rob the buyer,” Hartman said.

The juvenile was charged with multiple felonies and detained at the Guilford County Detention Center until a hearing in Davie County.

Jimmy Andres Mejia Vasquez, 40, Carlos Luciano Cabrera, 20, and Kevin Gerrardo Gomez Euceda, 19,, were each charged with: attempted trafficking in cocaine by delivery of more than 400 grams, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, and carrying a concealed firearm. Each were taken into custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond.