YORK -- Authorities say they busted a mail-order cocaine scheme Friday, the latest in a string of drug seizures in York County that have netted nearly a half-million dollars in narcotics.
Friday's bust of more than $14,000 in cocaine mailed from Central America is part of $487,180 in drugs officials have confiscated within the past 10 days, said Marvin Brown of York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit. In one bust, officials recovered $300,000 in cocaine. Two days later, they seized another $173,000 worth.
"All of these seizures were significant because these drugs were coming to the streets of York County, not Charlotte," Brown said. "We're doing everything we can to combat the rise of cocaine in our area."
Eight people face drug-related charges stemming from the narcotics probe, Brown said. Each faces up to 30 years without parole, he said.
Around 5 p.m. Friday, the county drug unit and the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office were working a drug probe at a mobile home at 2430 Quarry Road in York when two men drove up for a package that sat near the mailbox.
"The package was delivered by mail from Honduras," Brown said. "The driver got out, grabbed the package and they walked behind the residence and opened the package."
Inside was 141 grams of cocaine worth $14,180 on the street.
Authorities have said some people send drugs via Federal Express and UPS as well as through the U.S. Postal Service.
"Because the border security has tightened up, we're seeing more packages of illegal drugs like cocaine being mailed into the country," Brown said. "York County is not immune to that. We are working to fix the problem."
Darwin Garcia-Munoz, 26, and Mario Hugo Mejia-Quiada, 28, both of Charlotte, have ties to the York mobile home but do not live there, Brown said. Authorities charged each man with trafficking cocaine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to a police report.