Two pounds meth seized, two arrested in Rowan County

Two pounds meth seized, two arrested in Rowan County
(Source: Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Arias-Vello (Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Arias-Vello (Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Vargas-Benitez (Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Vargas-Benitez (Rowan Sheriff's Office)

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Two pounds of methamphetamine were seized and two men face charges after an investigation involving several local agencies.

According to the press release from the Rowan Sheriff's Office, On June 27, 2018, after a six month investigation, "two Mexican Nationals in the country illegally" were arrested in Rowan County for trafficking methamphetamine ice.

The investigation began in January when the Rowan County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) began looking into the distribution of methamphetamine ice in Yadkin, Rowan, and Davie counties.

Investigators say that undercover officers with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office made multiple purchases of methamphetamine ice from Alfredo Arias-Vello, age 52, a resident of Yadkinville.

On June 27, Vello along with Luciano Vargas-Benitez, age 34, a resident of Mocksville, were arrested following another purchase, and 15 ounces of methamphetamine ice was seized.

Assisting in the investigation were the Salisbury Police Department, Mocksville Police Department, Yadkinville Police Department, and the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

This case is being referred to the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of North Carolina for prosecution.

Investigators say that a total of 1.5 pounds (680 grams) of ice was seized during the six month investigation.

The street value of the drugs seized was $68,000.

Arias-Vello was charged with nine counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, sale and transportation, and one count of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.  Arias-Vello's bond was set at $500,000.

Vargas-Benitez was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.  Vargas-Benitez's bond was set at $500,000.