GASTON COUNTY, North Carolina (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – 3 illegal aliens were arrested in Gaston County with $200,000 worth of methamphetamine.
Christian Cabrea-Rivas, 36, Silvia Hernandez-Iturralde, 29 and Marco Tulio Ramos Garcia, 35 were taken into custody on Monday, January 7 after authorities found them in possession of 2 kilograms of meth.
Police say several kids were present during the drug bust. They've since been taken into protective custody.
All 3 suspects were charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Hernandez-Iturralde and Garcia are being held under a $250,000 bond. Garcia also had an outstanding deportation order when he was arrested and is under an immigration hold as well.
Cabrea-Rivas is being held on a $275,000 bond and an immigration hold. He's a documented member of the street gang MS-13 and has an extensive criminal history.
In December 2018, he was arrested in Mecklenburg County for an assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats and possession of a stolen gun.
Several agencies participated in the large-scale investigation. No other information's been released at this time.