Sting Operation Nabs Local Drug Trafficking Suspect

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Fayetteville police arrested a drug trafficking suspect Tuesday following a month-long investigation and sting operation.

Jorge Lopez, 21, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana delivery, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remained Tuesday night in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect’s arraignment has not yet been set.

Officers with the Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force began investigating Lopez in April and used a confidential informant to buy two ounces of marijuana from him on two separate occasions, police said. The transactions were recorded with an audio device, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police obtained a search warrant April 29 for Lopez’s home and found 36 grams of marijuana, two dosage units of LSD, two amphetamine pills, $850 in cash, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia, according to the preliminary report.

Lopez was arrested two weeks later.


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