36-year-old Eleazar Romero Gonzalez was arrested last Friday (July 18) on six counts of trafficking in cocaine in Iredell County and one additional count in Winston Salem. His arrest was part of a three-month long joint investigation involving the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations, the Davie Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Triad A.B.C. Police, the Winston Salem Police Department and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.
The investigation began when the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office began to receive information regarding an unknown person who was selling large quantities of cocaine around the Davie County/Iredell County line.
Eventually, Undercover Officers with the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations were able to make several undercover drug transactions from Gonzalez. Officers purchased in excess of 263 grams of cocaine with a street value of over $65,000.
Investigators determined that Gonzalez lived in the Winston Salem area. The Winston Salem Police Department and Triad A.B.C. Police began conducting surveillance on Gonzalez. On Friday, Police executed a search warrant at Gonzalez’s residence. 174 grams of cocaine was located along with $4,000 in cash. The cocaine seized had an estimated value in excess of $43,000.
Gonzalez was arrested and later transported to the Iredell County Jail where he was held under a $200,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in an Iredell County courtroom on August 6.
The investigation is ongoing with additional arrests expected.