Columbia County authorities have filed drug trafficking charges against four men and a woman after seizing large amounts of cash, cocaine, heroin and marijuana from a Harlem residence.
Charged Wednesday with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute are Alexandra Elena Lopez-Chavez, 47, a resident of the White Road home searched by Columbia County sheriff’s investigators Wednesday, Capt. Steve Morris stated in an email.
Lopez-Chavez was inside the home when investigators, who had obtained a search warrant following an undercover operation, entered the residence about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Morris said.
Four men discovered in a shed near the residence also were arrested, Morris said. In custody are Alfredo Reyes-Valdez, 34, and Ranulfo Valdovinos-Enriquez, 41, both residents of the White Road address; Ezequiel Segovia Chavez, 29, of the 100 block of Daffodil Avenue in North Augusta; and Luis Emillio Figueroa, 27, of Applecross Apartments in Martinez.
All five are being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center and authorities are attempting to determine their immigration status, Morris said.
Investigators seized two kilos of cocaine hidden in a freezer inside a camper behind a barn on the property, along with approximately one pound of heroin and one pound of marijuana in a cooler buried inside the barn, Morris said. They also discovered 546 suspected small marijuana plants on a trailer in a field, and seized $14,198 in cash and six firearms.
The plants are being sent to the GBI Crime Lab and if they are confirmed to be marijuana, all of those arrested also will be charged with manufacturing marijuana, Morris said.
In addition to the cash, authorities seized and intend to file condemnation on a 2003 Nissan Maxima, a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500, a 1997 GMC Sierra 1500, a 2003 Ford Super Duty, a 2000 Toyota Tundra, a Yamaha Wolverine 4x4, an Arctic Cat 650 4x4 and a Bobcat with trailer.