Police in Gaston County, North Carolina, as well as state, federal and other authorities took three people who are in the U.S. illegally into custody as a result of a large-scale narcotics investigation.
They were accused of having 2 kilos of methamphetamine with a street value of $200,000, Gaston police said.
Several children were present during the investigation and were taken into protective custody.
Cristian Cabrera-Rivas, 36, of Charlotte, who has an extensive criminal record and is a documented member of the MS-13 gang, was arrested. He was charged in December with assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats and possession of a stolen gun. He is also a documented member of the MS-13 street gang. Cabrera-Rivas was recently charged with trafficking methamphetamine, is under a $275,000 bond, as well as an immigration hold.
Silvia Hernandez-Iturralde, 29, of Ladson, South Carolina, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and is under a $250,000 bond, as well as an immigration hold.
Marco Tulio Ramos Garcia, 28, of Ladson, South Carolina, had an outstanding deportation order when he was taken into custody. He was charged with trafficking methamphetamine. He is under a $250,000 bond and is also on immigration hold.
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