- Associated Press - Friday, September 30, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Five men have been charged in connection with a high-level cocaine trafficking ring being operated out of a Chapel Hill home.

Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson tells local media that the sheriff’s office teamed up with federal, state and local authorities to conduct a narcotics investigation Sept. 23 at a Chapel Hill home. He says investigators confirmed a high-level cocaine operation was located at the house.

While searching the house, investigators found 38 kilograms of what they suspect is cocaine and $530,000 in cash.

The five people charged in connection with the operation are 39-year-old Jose Manuel Elzaldo-Serrano, 41-year-old Carlos Ocegyeda-Serrano, 40-year-old Venusian Serrano-Mejia, 45-year-old Fernando Rivera-Hernandez and 30-year-old Christian Manor Gomez-Santos. Each face multiple drug-related charges.

It’s unclear if any of the five men charged have attorneys.



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