Crime & Courts

Iredell detectives report arrest of drug suspect

A three-month investigation by local, state and federal officials ended last week with the arrest of a man accused of trafficking cocaine in Iredell, Davie and Forsyth counties, authorities say.

Eleazar Gonzalez was arrested Friday at his home in Winston-Salem, investigators said. He was charged by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office with six counts of trafficking cocaine, and by the Winston-Salem police with one count of cocaine trafficking.

Investigators in Iredell County said they were contacted earlier this year about the alleged sale of drugs around the Iredell-Davie county line. Sheriff’s drug agents and officers from U.S. Homeland Security allegedly bought drugs several times from Gonzalez.

Authorities said that over three months, they bought more than 263 grams (about 8 ounces) of cocaine from Gonzalez, with a street value of more than $65,000.

Eventually, detectives said, agents from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations, the Davie County Sheriff’s Office, Triad ABC police and Winston-Salem police joined the investigation.

Police began doing surveillance on Gonzalez’s home in Winston-Salem, and agents executed a search warrant last Friday. They allegedly found 174 grams of cocaine and $4,000 in cash.

Gonzalez was jailed under $200,000 bond, authorities said.