Illegal Immigrant, Gang Member Arrested During Johnston County Raid

Meth, Heroin, Guns Seized During Search Warrant

Two people are facing drug trafficking charges following an investigation by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, including an illegal immigrant and member of a Mexican gang wanted by Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents.

WTSB News has learned a search warrant was conducted at a home on March 5th on Wisteria Lane, off Elevation Road outside of Benson.  Agents said they seized methamphetamines, heroin, drug paraphernalia, two guns, and a rifle with the serial number removed.

Franciso M. Aguilar-Arevalos, 31, and Madison McKenzie Barfield, 25, both of the same address, were arrested.  Agents said Aguilar-Arevalos was wanted by ICE for illegally reentering the United States after being deported. He is also a member of a known Mexican gang.

Both suspects were charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking methamphetamines, possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver methamphetamines, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance.

Aguilar-Arevalos was also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

He was held in the Johnston County Jail under a $265,000 bond.  Barfield was confined under a $330,000 bond.