Knightdale police charge pair kept heroin, cocaine at Mexican grocery

From staff reportsMay 2, 2013 

— A man and woman who run a Mexican grocery store on Village Park Drive, La Reyna, were each being held on a half-million dollars bail Wednesday on charges that they kept heroin and cocaine at the store and those drugs and marijuana their home on Iron Kettle Court.

Arrest warrants served early Wednesday charge Silvestre Cuadra Nunez, 28, and Elizabeth Marrero, 40, with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, maintaining the store and the house to keep drugs and conspiring with each other.

U.S. immigration officials also asked officials in Wake County to hold Nunez, who is Mexican, for 48 hours because their records show he came back into the country illegally after being deported.

Knightdale Police Chief Jason Godwin said the arrests were part of a continuing investigation by his force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

La Reyna grocery is in a strip of stores at 2015 Village park Drive.

An arrest report says police took Marrero into custody there just before 1 a.m.

The two live at 103 Iron Kettle Court, and that is where police arrested Nunez a few minutes after they arrested Marrero, another report states.

In the arrest warrants, police charged each of the two with trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, conspiring with the other to traffic in heroin, conspiring to traffic in cocaine, maintaining the store for keeping and selling cocaine and heroin and maintaining the house to keep and sell all three drugs.

Citing drug quantities that state law uses to set different levels of felonies, police said the two had between 28 and 200 grams of cocaine and the same amount of heroin.

Godwin said they also had seized marijuana, U.S. currency and guns, but he withheld details on those because of the ongoing investigation, he said in a statement.

“These arrests happened because of cooperation and diligent police work across two agencies,” Godwin said. “This joint investigation shows the importance of that teamwork in our ongoing efforts to keep the people of Knightdale safe.”

Nunez and Marrero were scheduled for a court appearance Wednesday in Raleigh.

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