A six-month investigation by law enforcement agencies in Lincoln and Catawba counties led to the arrest of an alleged “large-scale” crack cocaine dealer, authorities said Wednesday.
Salvador Gore, 33, of Maiden, was arrested Monday on six felony counts related to crack cocaine trafficking and one felony count of conspiracy to trafficking crack cocaine.
Also Monday, officials executed search warrants on two Catawba County homes that Gore was known to frequent. They seized nearly $15,000 in cash as well as 10 ounces of crack worth between $10,000 and $20,000.
Gore is being held in the Catawba County Detention Center in lieu of $750,000 bail.
He is accused of distributing drugs around Maiden and the surrounding region, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Lt. John Propst said in a statement.
“This arrest will definitely impact the crack cocaine operations and sales locally,” Propst said. “This was a major arrest.” He called Gore “a large-scale dealer” whose distribution has been “affecting the region for a long time.”
Propst’s unit, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, the State Bureau of Investigation, the state Department of Revenue, Maiden police and Homeland Security Investigations were all involved in the case.