Record cocaine haul after I-85 traffic stop


A traffic stop Tuesday on Interstate 85 resulted in the largest cocaine seizure in Vance County history, Henderson Police Chief Glen Allen reported in a news release Wednesday.

Officer S.R. Spence stopped a 1999 Ford Windstar van for speeding on the interstate, which Henderson police are responsible for patrolling within the city limits.

After some investigation during the stop, and with the assistance of Vance County sheriff’s Deputies S. Brake and W. Parrish, Spence found 8 kilograms (roughly 17.6 pounds) of cocaine in a hidden compartment of the van, according to the news release.

The street value of that much cocaine would be more than $200,000, Allen reported.

Pedro Lita-Quiroz, 27, of Burlington, Ricardo Herrera-Vargas, 38, of Mexico and David Orazco-Gonzalez, 17, of Mexico were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit trafficking of cocaine, manufacture of cocaine, trafficking cocaine by possession and trafficking cocaine by transportation. Lita-Quiroz also was charged with maintaining a vehicle to transport controlled substances.

The three men were placed in the Vance County Jail. Each faces a secured bond of $1 million.

Authorities seized the Windstar van.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have joined the continuing investigation.

Elsewhere in Henderson, Officer D.A. Diogo made a traffic stop that led to marijuana arrests Tuesday.

Just before 8 p.m., Diogo arrested three Henderson men in a 1990 Cadillac Seville in the 700 block of Highland Avenue.

Richard LeeRoy Avery Perry, 24, of 442 Brookwood Lane was charged with a felony count of possession with intent to sell, manufacture and distribute a Schedule VI substance after Diogo reported seizing 25 grams of marijuana from Perry. He was jailed in lieu of an $8,000 secured bond and is due in court May 17.

Clyde Eugene Fields, 19, of 712 Water St. was charged with misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI substance after Diogo reported seizing a marijuana cigar from him. Fields was jailed in lieu of a $1,000 secured bond and is due in court May 17.

Driver Charles “D” Hymon, 25, of 115 Carolina Ave. avoided drug charges but was jailed on a count of driving while license revoked. His bond was set at $400 secured. No court date was listed.