Nearly $450,000 worth of meth seized in historic NC drug bust

Jose Angel Garcia-Ortiz (left) and some of the meth that was seized during the bust. Photos from WNCT
Jose Angel Garcia-Ortiz (left) and some of the meth that was seized during the bust. Photos from WNCT

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office seized 10.6 pounds of crystal meth worth $440,000 Thursday, the largest meth seizure ever in Onslow County, officials say.

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Jose Angel Garcia-Ortiz of Onslow County was arrested during a traffic stop after deputies said they received tips he was selling methamphetamine.

The crystal meth was found in the car during the traffic stop, according to deputies.

Garcia-Ortiz was taken into custody without incident and charged with:

  • Felony trafficking methamphetamine by possession
  • Felony trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture
  • Felony trafficking methamphetamine by transport
  • Manufacturing methamphetamine by repackaging
  • Possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II (methamphetamine)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

He is being held at the Onslow County Detention Center in lieu of $1,003,000 secured bond.

The investigation began on Oct. 7 and involved the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and the DEA-Wilmington Office.

— WNCT contributed to this report

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