9 Suspects Held Without Bond After Major Drug Bust in Charlotte

From http://www.wsoctv.com, April 18, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Federal agents have made one of Charlotte’s biggest drug busts ever at a warehouse off Tyvola Road.

Prosecutors say the ring of nine suspects had conspired to smuggle more than a ton of marijuana into Charlotte in just the first two weeks of April.

All nine appeared before a federal magistrate Wednesday who ordered them held without bond.

Witnesses who were near the warehouse complex on Griffith Road Tuesday said they smelled marijuana burning and saw agents bringing out marijuana.

“They started bringing out bales and bales of marijuana and they were in wheels — looked like little tires,” said a witness who snapped pictures of the bust on his cellphone.

He said the drugs were hidden in construction equipment that was apparently the cover for the smuggling operation.

A fire truck stood by as agents cut through the metal barrels with blowtorches, just in case the drugs caught fire.

Zac Pearson, who works nearby, said he had noticed trucks pulling up to the warehouse but did not know what they were hauling.

“No, I never saw them before. I never met them before. I just saw a truck come in, that was it — delivering that equipment,” Pearson said.

Federal prosecutors say Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers led the investigation.  All suspects are due back in court Monday for bond hearings.

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