Major Bust At United States Border Stops Drugs Heading To Catawba County

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — A major drug bust at the United States/Mexico border stops a massive amount of drugs from being delivered to Catawba County, according to a news release.

Investigators in Catawba County say they worked with other local, state and federal investigators to stop the distribution of cocaine, heroin and marijuana centered around a group of men operating in and around Catawba County, North Carolina.

During the six month investigation, officials say they seized 6,800 pounds of marijuana at the United States/Mexico border that was marked for delivery in the Catawba Valley area.

Officials also seized 18 kilograms of cocaine and over $200,000 in cash in the Hickory and Alexander County areas. according to a news release.

Jose Garcia, 31, Juan Olmos, 46, and Michael Proffitt, 36, have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and trafficking in cocaine.  Garica, Olmos and Proffitt are currently incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Center.

Crispin Fair, 50, has also been charged in the case.  He is facing trafficking heroin charges.  He is currently incarcerated in Guilford County.  Investigators say Garcia is also in the country illegally.

No other details have been released at this time.