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.