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Hector Jaoquin Iglesias
all images courtesy of Iredell Co. Sheriff's Office

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of New Jersey Man on Felony Drug Charges

43-year-old Hector Jaoquin Iglesias of Perth Amboy, New Jersey has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Deputies on two felony counts each of trafficking cocaine, trafficking marijuana, and possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, along with single counts of felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Wednesday, April 24, Deputies stopped a Lexus passenger car traveling on Interstate 77 South at mile-marker 62 for a traffic violation. The driver, Hector Jaoquin Iglesias, told Deputies he was traveling from his residence in New Jersey to Knoxville, Tennessee. While speaking with Iglesias, Deputies found numerous inconsistencies in his travel plans and detected other indicators of criminal activity.

K-9 Officer Connie was called to the scene. The dog gave a positive indication to the presence of controlled substances. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of five pounds of cocaine, 25 pounds of marijuana, and seven pounds of T.H.C. edibles. The street value of the narcotics seized is estimated at about $500,000.


Iglesias was arrested without incident and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $950,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on May 16.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Iglesias is a career drug offender with a long list of criminal charges. Most recently, he was convicted in federal court for conspiracy to sell & deliver more than 66 pounds of cocaine in West Palm Beach, Florida. He served six years in prison.