CMPD undercover operation nets thousands of dollars’ worth of cocaine, meth, heroin

CMPD undercover operation nets thousands of dollars' worth in cocaine, meth, heroin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police have arrested a man who they said had hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs and more than a dozen guns.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said undercover officers had been monitoring Jose Sandoval for months and said he ran a high-level drug distribution ring in Charlotte.

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During a Wednesday news conference, police showed images of the weapons they said Sandoval had, including some of which were stolen. They also said he was storing hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs inside a storage unit in east Charlotte.

Among the drugs found inside were several pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

“A lot of our violent crimes come from robberies related to drugs, robberies of people wanting to buy or sell drugs and even drug dealers being robbed, as well,” said CMPD Maj. Mike Campagna. “There’s a lot of violence that goes along with that.”

In total, 17 guns were also found -- four of them having been reported stolen.

Sandoval is facing several charges of drug trafficking and for being a felon in possession of a gun. He has a long rap sheet for other drug charges dating from 2017 until he was arrested in September.

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