Trio of Illegals Busted for Alleged Meth Trafficking in NC

‘The only way we can stop this is by having stronger immigration…’

Trio of Illegals Busted for Alleged Meth Trafficking in NC

Alleged MS-13 member Critian Cabrera-Rivas/PHOTO: Gaston County Police/Jail

(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Three illegal aliens were busted for meth trafficking in North Carolina after having operated a large drug operation, according to a story from WBTV in Charlotte.

One of them was a member of the criminal gang MS-13.

A joint investigation by the Gaston County Police and various agencies at the local, state and federal levels led to the arrest of the alleged traffickers, who were found in possession of 2 kilograms of meth, the street value of which is about $200,000.

Critian Cabrera–Rivas, 36, is the MS-13 gang member who was arrested. He’s previously been arrested for numerous other serious crimes, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Other arrests of his include assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats and possession of a stolen gun.


The Gaston Gazette reports that Cabrera–Rivas has also been deported but has returned to the United States on a number of occasions.

The names of the other illegals are Marcio Tulio Ramos Garcia, 35, and Silvia Hernandez–Iturralde, 29.

Right now, the trio remains in custody at the Gaston County Jail, and bonds have been set for each of them. They are charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Investigators are looking into their immigration status, though they are already known to be in the country illegally. They are also looking for any other connections they have with the illegal narcotics trade.

The article reports that “several” children were present when the police made the arrests. They have been taken into protective custody.

Cabreras-Rivas is listed as residing in Charlotte. His fellow alleged drug-traffickers are listed as residing in Ladson, S.C.

Gaston County Commissioner Chad Brown was disgusted when he heard of illegal immigrants potentially trafficking meth in the area. He said the jails in the county are already crowded enough.

“We have to stop this,” he stated, “and the only way we can stop this is by having stronger immigration [enforcement].”