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The largest meth bust in WPD’s history: Two being held under $10 million bonds after drug bust in Wilmington

The largest meth bust in WPD’s history: Two being held under $10 million bonds after drug bust in Wilmington
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 4:44 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Two people are being held under identical $10 million bonds after a months-long drug investigation led to their arrests Wednesday in Wilmington.

Police executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Manly Ave., where they located the suspects.

In what was the largest methamphetamine bust in the Wilmington Police Department’s history, they seized 9 pounds of meth and more than a pound and a half of cocaine.

WPD worked alongside the DEA, the SABLE Aviation Unit, and the Cape Fear SWAT Team in the bust.

In a press conference on Friday morning, Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams and District Attorney Ben David addressed the community.

“We will continue to do all we can, and importantly work with our community members to prosecute those that are out there selling illegal drugs,” Chief Williams said. “This is one example of that. And we mean business.”

District Attorney Ben David said his office is also taking this very seriously, by asking for million dollar bonds for any and all types of busts like this.

“We treat drug dealers like the violent criminals that they are, and that police officers are the ultimate violence disruptors when they make a seizure like this,” David said. “I sent a message to those dealers. I said, we’re not fighting a war on drugs. We’re fighting a war on you”

Montiel-Lopez was charged with Trafficking Cocaine by Possession, Trafficking Cocaine by Manufacture, Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession, Trafficking Methamphetamine by Manufacture, PWISD Cocaine, PWISD Methamphetamine, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possession of a Controlled Substance W/N 1000 FT. of School, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possession of a Controlled Substance W/N 1000 FT. of Park, and Resist/Delay/Obstruct (2x).

Leon-Perez was charged with Trafficking Cocaine by Possession, Trafficking Cocaine by Manufacture, Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession, Trafficking Methamphetamine by Manufacture, PWISD Cocaine, PWISD Methamphetamine, Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possession of a Controlled Substance W/N 1000 FT. of School, and Manufacture/Sell/Deliver/Possession of a Controlled Substance W/N 1000 FT. of Park.

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