Wake deputies seize pounds of drugs, 32 guns in drug bust at Cary house

rgallagher@newsobserver.comMay 22, 2014 

— A 23-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were arrested Wednesday night on multiple drug charges, including having over 20 pounds of marijuana, and Wake County sheriff’s deputies said they found 32 guns in the house where they arrested the two.

Maria Alejandra Juri and Joseph Kelvin Sutton were named in warrants obtained by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and were arrested about 10 p.m. at Juri’s home on Piperwood Drive, reports show.

When deputies went into the house, they said, they confiscated 24.7 pounds of marijuana, enough heroin and cocaine to trigger trafficking charges, numerous other drugs and assault rifles and handguns.

Juri and Sutton were each charged with trafficking in heroin by having 75.8 grams (2.7 ounces), trafficking in cocaine by having 28.6 grams (about 1 ounce) and trafficking in marijuana.

They also were accused of having 403 grams (a little over 14 ounces) of the tranquilizer Xanax, just under 3 pounds of mushrooms listed as a controlled substance and 734 grams (about 26 ounces) of candy made with hashish.

They also were charged with possessing methamphetamine, though arrest warrants cited no quantity for that.

An ongoing drug investigation turned up information that someone named “Joe” was dealing drugs in the Raleigh and Cary areas, deputies said.

Investigators were able to track down a suspect who regularly made trips to Miami to get drugs and bring them back to the Triangle, they said, and they then identified their suspect as Sutton.

They also said the arrests did not close the probe.

Sutton and Juri also were accused of using the Piperwood Drive house as a place to keep and sell drugs.

Sutton alone was charged with having an additional 2 pounds of marijuana and 7 grams of cocaine in his car, warrants said, and with using the car to keep and sell drugs.

All of the charges are felonies.

Deputies had not filed any charges in connection with the guns. Gun possession is not a crime unless the weapons can be shown to have been stolen or defaced or the person who has them is a convicted felon.

Neither Sutton nor Juri have any convictions in North Carolina, according to state corrections records.

Trafficking charges are the most serious drug crimes and carry longer jail sentences for convictions, and they are based in how much of a drug authorities find. Below a certain level set for each drug is considered possession with intent to dell or distribute it.

Some drugs do not have trafficking-level charges in North Carolina law.

Hashish is made from oil from the marijuana plant and is generally considered to have higher concentrations of the active ingredient in marijuana.

Sutton was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail and Juri in lieu of $250,000 and were to appear in court Thursday.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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