Arrests bring in 85 pounds of marijuana
By Gary Popp
Published in News on January 5, 2011 1:46 PM
Three illegal aliens from Jamaica living in Goldsboro were arrested Monday for trafficking in marijuana, with authorities seizing 85 pounds of the illegal weed.
The raid was part of a joint investigation by the Goldsboro/Wayne County Interagency Drug Task Force and other state law enforcement agencies. Also seized were about $35,000 in cash and a handgun.
Damian Delgado Green, 34, was charged with trafficking in marijuana by possession, trafficking in marijuana by transport, trafficking in marijuana by sale, trafficking in marijuana by delivery, conspiracy to traffick in marijuana and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
Christopher Anthony Smith, 41, was charged with trafficking in marijuana, conspiracy to traffick in marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.
Andrea Reid-Smith, 33, was charged with trafficking in marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Green and Smith are being held under a $5 million secured bond, and Mrs. Reid-Smith is being held under a $1 million secured bond.
Two other people also were arrested and are being held in the Lenoir County Jail. William McCarter and Roy Jackson Holloway, both of New Bern, were each charged with trafficking in marijuana by possession and by transportation. Their bonds were set at $250,000 each.
Green is also wanted by ICE officials for illegal re-entry into the United States after being deported on drug related charges.
Goldsboro Police Cpl. Dave Cloutier of the Drug Task Force said Green was taken into custody at the Wal-Mart on Spence Avenue Monday afternoon. Ms. Reid-Smith was taken into custody when the search warrant was served on a Southfork Place house at 7 p.m. and Smith was arrested in Wake County about 11 p.m.
Cloutier said the three suspects are believed to have been in the eastern part of the state for the past few months and have been involved in the marijuana trade across the region.
Other agencies who took part in the investigation were the Drug Enforcement Administration's Raleigh Resident Office HIDTA Task Force, the State Bureau of Investigation, the New Bern Police Department, the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office and the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.