55-year-old Juan Molina Sebastian and 31-year-old Lucia Carbajal Avila, both of North Wilkesboro, and 32-year-old Adriana Gomez of Mount Airy, were arrested in connection to an operation investigated by multiple agencies including the Alexander County Sheriff’s Officer. All three suspects are charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine. Sebastian is charged with two additonal counts apiece of conspiring to traffic meth, maintaining a residence or vehicle for selling meth and possession with intent to sell and deliver meth.
Avila and Gomez were charged with one count each of conspiring to traffic meth and possession with intent to sell and deliver meth. Avila is also charged with maintaining a residence for selling meth and misdemeanor child abuse. Gomez is additionally charged with maintaining a vehicle for selling meth.
Last Saturday (August 8), the North Wilkesboro Police department conducted a vehicle stop that led to the seizure of 220 pounds of meth. In addition, meth and weapons were reportedly seized from a residence in Wilkes County. The vehicle stop and search of the home stemmed from an ongoing investigation that began in June 2020 involving numerous agencies, including narcotics officers from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, who are members of the Department of Homeland Security Task Force.
According to North Wilkesboro Police Chief Joe Rankin, the meth that was seized has a street value of over $2,000,000. The chief adds that it is one of the largest meth seizures ever in North Carolina.
In addition to the three suspects arrested, 30-year-old Jorge Eduardo Gomez has been identified as a federal fugitive. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to call the North Wilkesboro Police Department, Surry County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The three suspects arrested are not listed as inmates in Alexander County. They have upcoming District Court dates in Wilkes County, Sebastian on September 15, and Avila and Gomez on Thursday (August 13).