• Deputies: 3 men arrested in marijuana trafficking conspiracy

    By: Torie Wells


    UNION COUNTY, N.C. - The Union County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested three men Thursday morning, part of a marijuana trafficking conspiracy.
    The Sheriff’s Office said its detectives and Monroe police did an undercover operation in the county.
    They arrested three people in the parking lot of Lowes in Monroe. Officials said that David Timothy Harris, 47, was charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana, trafficking marijuana, maintaining a vehicle to store controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    They said Jesus Roberto Teran Valdivia, 41, was charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana and that Tomas Ramirez, 30, was charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana, trafficking marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Eyewitness News is told that 21 pounds of marijuana was seized, worth about $35,000.
    The Sheriff’s Office said that Valdivia’s home in Monroe was then searched, and more drug paraphernalia and evidence were seized.
    More information led the investigation to Charlotte. CMPD was asked to search some spots in Mecklenburg County.
    The Sheriff’s Office said about $119,000 was seized from David Timothy Harris’ home on Vintage Lane in Charlotte. It also said 10 more pounds of marijuana was seized at an undisclosed address in Charlotte.
    “There are indications that these gentlemen had been here in Union County for some time conducting this kind of business, so we were pleased to be able to help shut it down,” said Chief Deputy Ben Bailey, with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
    The Sheriff’s Office said the three men are in the Union County Jail Friday.

    They are due in court March 11.

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