::Deputies Find 32 Kilos Of Coke In Bus
By Elliott West, Raleigh Chronicle News Editor
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
ZEBULON - The Wake County Sheriff's Department reported that a drug interdiction team in Zebulon found a major stash of drugs in the tires of a 40 foot tour bus from Texas on Friday, which was empty except for two men.
According to the Sheriff's Department, at around 2:00pm on Friday afternoon, Deputy Steverson of the Impact Team drug interdiction unit saw a white tour bus with Texas license plates run a red light at the intersection of Wakefield and West
Gannon Streets in Zebulon.
Police say that during the stop, a police dog trained to detect drugs "alerted on the bus."
As a result, according to a report on WRAL-TV, the detectives detained the bus for several hours while they searched it.
When deputies took apart a third axle tires, they discovered 32 kilos of cocaine wrapped in plastic wrap inside the tire.
With a claimed street value of $3.2 million, the Sheriff's Department said the drug bust was the largest in recent history and the largest since Donnie Harrison was elected Sheriff in 2002. Sheriff Harrison said he formed the Impact Team in September 2003 to stop the flow of illicit drugs into and through Wake County.
Arrested in the case were Gerardo Vilchez, age 48 years old, of Gulf Freeway in Houston, Texas and Victor Hugo Lopez, age 33 years old, of Dawson Circle in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The two men were questioned and were both charged with multiple felonies including trafficking by possession, trafficking by transportation, maintaining a vehicle for trafficking, and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine. ::