Marijuana found in truck full of mangoes; man charged

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 17, 2012

By Shavonne Potts
SALISBURY — A Texas man was charged this morning with trafficking in more than 300 pounds of marijuana which was found hidden in a tractor-trailer delivering mangoes.
Hermilo Gomez Jr., 41, of Edinburg, Texas, was parked at a Rowan County truck stop bound for New York when he was arrested. He was charged with trafficking in marijuana, conspiring to traffic marijuana and maintaining a dwelling place or vehicle for a controlled substance, all felonies.
The arrest came following a joint investigation with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security, SBI, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, Davie County Sheriff’s Office, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Gomez gave consent to search the refrigerated truck. Based on information provided during the investigation, officials believe the marijuana was destined for Rowan County area customers.
Officials say the 317 pounds of marijuana was worth about $253,600, a conservative value. If sold in small quantities, the street value could be as high as $700,000.
Gomez was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
See more in Wednesday’s Post.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.