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Authorities seize drugs and cash in undercover bust

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 Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot of a Lowe’s 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 Harris’s 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. He’s 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.

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda
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