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China Grove couple charged with drug trafficking

SALISBURY — Rowan County authorities charged a China Grove couple with trafficking in methamphetamine and heroin after the two were apprehended during a traffic stop Friday in which investigators found 1 kilogram of methamphetamine and a gun.

When authorities searched the couple’s home in the 2200 block of West N.C. 152, they found more drugs.

Clara Villa Senor Reyes, 25, was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, trafficking om methamphetamine, and trafficking in opium or heroin. Her husband, Jesus Antonio Trujillo-Vazquez, 31, faces the same charges.

According to the arrest warrants, Reyes and Trujillo-Vazquez had 420 grams of marijuana or nearly 1 pound of the drug. She also had nearly 300 grams of methamphetamine and 23 grams of heroin.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy David Ramsey said Trujillo-Vazquez is an undocumented immigrant and Reyes is a permanent resident of the U.S.

“When you look at the quantity of drugs these people had, it’s a fairly significant seizure for this county,” Ramsey said. “It’s disturbing that you’ve got people that are living in this county that are operating illegal drug enterprises like that, particularly with the number of young children they had at the house.”

Ramsey said he believes there were four children in the house.

He said the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has made bigger drug seizures, but anytime it’s hundreds of grams of meth and heroin, the arrest is significant.

Reyes is being held in the Rowan County Detention Center. Trujillo-Vazquez is in a Gaston County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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