Agents with the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana valued at $168,000 Friday near the Gaston and Lincoln county line.
ALE agents arrested four suspects: Jose Jesus Ramirez, Ricardo Carrillo Polanco and Modesto Marquez Medina, all of 3035 Hunters Hope Lane, Lincolnton; and Ninfa Hinojosa of 430 North Bluff Road, Athens, Ga.
ALE agents received complaints involving drug trafficking at a hotel. Hinojosa was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Astro van containing 110 pounds of marijuana when she was stopped. As a result of the seizure in the van, agents were led to a home on Hunters Hope Lane in Lincolnton. Agents conducted a search of the residence and found more than 100 pounds of marijuana.
In addition to the marijuana, agents seized $7,432 in U.S. currency, a 2006 Jeep Cherokee, a 2001 GMC pick-up truck and the 2003 Chevrolet Astro van.