Authorities have charged three men with trafficking in marijuana and other charges after seizing more than 30 pounds of the drug and nearly $120,000 cash Thursday during an undercover operation, officials said.
David Timothy Harris, 47, of Charlotte; Jesus Roberto Teran Valdivia, 41, of Monroe; and Tomas Ramirez, 30, of Charlotte, were arrested by the Union County Sheriffs Office in the parking lot of a Lowes store in Monroe, detectives said.
Officials said they found roughly 21 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $35,000 at that time.
After the arrests, detectives searched a residence on Crowder Road in Monroe the same address Valdivia gave authorities and said they seized additional drug paraphernalia and evidence.
Investigators requested assistance from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in order to search several homes in Mecklenburg County.
Police seized $119,000 in U.S. currency and nearly 10 more pounds of marijuana, with the approximate street value of $16,000, at Harriss home on Vintage Lane, officials said.
Harris has been charged with conspiracy to traffic in marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, maintain a vehicle to store controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia, officials said. Hes being held on $115,000 secured bond.
Valdivia has been charged with conspiracy to traffic in marijuana with a $25,000 secured bond.
Ramirez has been charged with conspiracy to traffic in marijuana, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is jailed under $100,000 secured bond.
All three men remain in custody Friday at the Union County Jail and are scheduled for their first court appearance on March 11, officials said.
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