DUBLIN, Va. (WFXR) — Methamphetamine and cocaine worth more than $2 million are off the streets and nine people face more than 30 charges after a two-year investigation uncovered an extensive drug trafficking network in southwest Virginia.
Virginia State Police Lt. Jason Robinson said Operation Trap Door began in 2017 when the Twin-County Drug Task Force began a narcotics investigation in Carroll County. The investigation eventually spread to surrounding counties, states, and even Mexico.
Over the two year investigation, Robinson said investigators discovered a drug distribution network throughout several counties, including Carroll, Wythe, Floyd, and Pulaski. Drugs such as meth, cocaine, fentanyl, and illegal prescriptions were seized.
The final push in the investigation occurred Sept. 26 when two men were arrested in Floyd County. Jorge Humberto Martinez-Estrada, 31, and Alvaro Tejeda-Galvan, 47, both of Floyd, were arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute meth, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule two controlled substance, and possession of a firearm while not being a United States citizen.
When arrest warrants were executed, authorities seized a record 31 pounds of meth with a street value of $1.4 million, six pounds of cocaine with a street value of $300,000, and $140,000 worth of counterfeit opioid pills suspected of containing fentanyl. Robinson said tests had not yet been conducted, but similar pills had been found in previous investigations in this region.
In total, Operation Trap Door netted more than 39.8 pounds of meth with a street value of $2.1 million, 6.7 pounds of cocaine, 21 illegally-possessed firearms including several AR and AK-style weapons. The joint operation resulted in nine arrests on more than 30 charges, Robinson noted.