Four men charged in cocaine trafficking conspiracy in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Four men involved in a large-scale cocaine trafficking conspiracy in Newport News were indicted on Wednesday.

Marvin O’Neal Carter, Sr., 49, of Newport News; Michael Stephen Kuna, 42, of Canada; Daniel Rodriguez, 49, and Hilario Rodriguez, 50, both of California; were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Court documents show agents saw a tractor trailer arrive at a garage leased by Carter. The tractor trailer eventually off-loaded the trailer next to the garage and agents saw Michael Kuna, along with Daniel and Hilario Rodriguez arrive and park in Carter's garage parking lot.

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente with the Department of Justice said the four men allegedly worked together to unload cocaine from hidden compartments underneath the trailer. Shortly after, Kuna was seen loading two large duffel bags with green straps into a vehicle before leaving the area. During a traffic stop on Kuna, law enforcement agents found the two duffel bags which smelled like wet currency.

As Kuna was being detained, agents executed two federal search warrants on the garage and trailer, according to court documents. During the search, about 54 kilograms of cocaine and 100 bundles of cash in $5,000 to $10,000 stacks were recovered. After searching the garage, authorities also found a firearm, an amount of heroin and about $42,000 in cash from a safe.

In addition to conspiracy charges, Carter was also charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Daniel and Hilario Rodriguez were also charged with interstate travel in aid of racketeering.


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