Pictured above: Yoshio Avila-Munoz – Picture courtesy of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office
A Mexican National illegally in the United States for 25 years was arrested by federal, state and local authorities for trafficking marijuana through a scheme using FedEx to transport marijuana across state lines from California to North Carolina. On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the Concord Police Department was alerted to a FedEx package destined for 1174 Tammy’s Park Road, Salisbury, North Carolina. A police K-9 trained in narcotics detection alerted to the presence and/or odor of narcotics emanating from the package. A search warrant was obtained that led to the discovery of (20) one pound vacuum sealed bags of marijuana along with packing material. Investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Concord Police Department, Salisbury Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), and the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) subsequently delivered the package to the Tammy’s Park Road address. The package was secured by an occupant of the residence and placed inside the mobile home. The occupant, Yoshio Avila-Munoz, age 37, left the residence in a vehicle and was stopped at a convenient store in Faith, North Carolina. The subject was taken back to the residence and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant, recovered the package and searched the mobile home. Investigators found evidence of prior package deliveries from California, one handgun, one shotgun, two rifles, methamphetamine, and an additional amount of marijuana. The value of the drugs seized was approximately $60,000.
It was determined that an immigration detainer had been filed against Avila-Munoz in 2004 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and he had evaded arrest.
Avila-Munoz was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling controlled substances. Bond was set at $1,000,000. An immigration detainer was placed on Avila-Munoz.
Due to Avila-Munoz being in the United States illegally, he is prohibited from possessing firearms and he faces potential federal charges.
The investigation is ongoing.
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