by: Tina Terry Updated:
STATESVILLE, N.C. - Iredell County Sheriffs Detectives told Eyewitness News that men usually take the lead in drug organizations, but this week detectives arrested Monica Renteria, 25, and charged her with drug trafficking.
Detectives said Renteria moved to Statesville and was attempting to build a major drug operation.
They also arrested and charged her 22-year-old boyfriend Juan Torres. Officers said the couple set up shop at a house on Bentbrook Road in Statesville. Officers said they distributed and smuggled cocaine and methamphetamine throughout Statesville and the surrounding area.
Iredell County sheriff's detectives and the Department of Homeland Security tracked the couple for three years.
"Local and federal undercover officers purchased a large amount of cocaine." said Maj. Darren Campbell with the Iredell Sheriff's Office.
The cocaine was worth $25,000 and detectives charged the couple with drug trafficking.
Officers said they have ties to a Mexican drug cartel and are responsible for distributing drugs in several states.
Resident Larry Boltz said he is relieved deputies arrested the couple and suspected something was happening in their home because he would see vehicles come and go at all hours of the day and night.
"I just don't want it in my neighborhood," Boltz said. "There are children in the neighborhood and I feel for them that they might be recruited."
Renteria was still in jail Wednesday evening on $500,000 bond. Immigration was investigating her citizenship. Torres was in jail on a $300,000 bond.
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