A federal grand jury Tuesday returned true bills of indictment against two men charged in a case which led to the seizure of 80 kilos of cocaine and more than $2 million in cash on Aurelian Springs Road in the Littleton area last week.
In count one the grand jury charged this year, the exact dates being unknown, Andrew Richard Rodarte and Luis Enrrique Arroyo-Jimenez knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated, agreed and had a tacit understanding with each other and other persons, known and unknown to the grand jury, to knowingly and intentionally distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.
In count two the grand jury charged the men aided and abetted each other by possessing with intent to distribute the cocaine.
The indictment says forfeitable property includes, but is not limited to, the $2,055,141 in currency seized during the sting on July 16.
According to a criminal complaint members of the DEA conducted an investigation on Monday of suspected drug traffickers in Halifax County.
As part of that operation, investigators observed a mobile home in the 9000 block of Aurelian Springs Road in the Littleton area.
During the operation a semi-truck arrived at the residence. The driver of the vehicle was later identified as Rodarte.
Investigators then observed several individuals exit the residence and approach the vehicle. The individuals then accessed the sleeper compartment of the vehicle and unloaded several large duffel bags which were taken inside the residence.
Rodarte then left the residence.
Inside each bag were approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine for a total of 80 kilos. The substances were later field tested and the results were positive for cocaine.
Rodarte, according to the complaint, admitted to transporting the seized cocaine and said he had made at least five similar trips to other locations.
A subsequent search of his vehicle yielded the bulk currency.