Four men arrested for large-scale cocaine operation in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Criminal charges were filed Thursday morning against four men who were arrested after authorities seized approximately 119 pounds of cocaine and 100 bundles of shrink wrapped cash.

The men were arrested for their alleged involvement in a large-scale cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

This follows the FBI raid that took place at an auto shop Thursday afternoon.

Marvin O'Neal Carter, Sr., 49, Daniel Rodriguez, 49, Hilario Lopez-Rodriguez, 50, and Michael Stephen Kuna, 42 were all charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Authorities observed the arrival of a tractor trailer at a garage leased by Carter. The four men then allegedly worked to unload cocaine from hidden compartments located underneath the trailer.

A short time later, Kuna was seen loading two duffel bags into a vehicle before leaving the area. Officers conducted a traffic stop on Kuna and located the duffle bags which emanated with the odor of wet money.

Members of the DEA, FBI and Newport News Police executed federal search warrants on the garage and on the trailer and recovered 119 pounds of cocaine as well as 100 bundles of cash in $5,000 to $10,000 stacks. 

The search of the garage also led to the recovery of a firearm and a quantity of heroin, in addition to approximately $42,000 in cash from a safe.

They will make their first court appearance Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the federal courthouse in Norfolk.

Each suspect faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.


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