37 Pounds Of Meth Valued At $2.2 Million Seized In Major Drug Bust

A major narcotics investigation in the Smithfield and Selma area over-the-weekend resulted in the seizure of 17 kilos (37.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine with a potential street value of $2.2 million.

The investigation involved the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, NC SBI, and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said the investigation started Friday and continued through Sunday resulting in the discovery and confiscation of the illegal drugs at undisclosed locations in Smithfield and Selma.

WTSB News has learned the identities of two people arrested as part of the investigation. Melissa Martinez Montoya and Francisco Ramirez Torres, both age 44 and both from Cumming, Georgia were arrested on charges of trafficking in methamphetamines and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamines.  Both are being held in the Johnston County Jail.  Montoya is jailed under a $350,000 bond.  Torres is being held under a $600,000 bond.

Captain Caldwell said the investigation was still ongoing and more arrests are possible.