MUGSHOTS: Narcotics investigation in NC leads to 26 arrests


HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C (WSPA) – The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of 26 people with help from several other departments in a large- scale narcotics investigation.

After a seven-month long investigation, 26 people were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday as part of an operation with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), Asheville Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The investigation began in Henderson County and expanded into Buncombe, Haywood and Madison Counties, deputies said.

The primary targets of this ongoing investigation, Fabian Carrillo Blas, Abel Carbajal and Mark Leman Tobe, conspired to distribute kilogram quantities of cocaine in western North Carolina.

Deputies say the suspects utilized a large network of associates to do this.

Four kilograms of methamphetamine, 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, smaller amounts of heroin pills and marijuana, several firearms and more than $90,000 were seized, deputies said.

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