Border Problems: Three Illegal Aliens Caught with $200K in Meth in Gaston County

GASTON COUNTY – One of the main points of emphasis President Donald Trump has made in the ‘Shutdown Showdown’ over border wall funding is that more robust border security is an important step in mitigating the flow of dangerous drugs across our southern border.

Proof of the connection between insufficient border security, illegal immigration, and dangerous drugs can be found right here in the Old North State. Just earlier this week, three illegal aliens were arrested in drug bust in Gaston County. The suspects, one an MS-13 member, had about five pounds of methamphetamine, worth approximately $200,000.

From FOX 46:

“Christian Cabrea-Rivas, 36, Silvia Hernandez-Iturralde, 29 and Marco Tulio Ramos Garcia, 35 were taken into custody on Monday, Jan. 7 after authorities found them in possession of two kilograms of meth. 

Police say several children were present during the drug bust. They have since been taken into protective custody. […]”

Reinforcing the notion that border security and actual enforcement of immigration laws is something we are in dire need of is the fact that this wasn’t the group’s first run in with the police.


“Hernandez-Iturralde and Garcia are being held under a $250,000 bond. Garcia also had an outstanding deportation order when he was arrested, and is under an immigration hold as well. 

Cabrea-Rivas is being held on a $275,000 bond and an immigration hold. He is a documented member of the street gang MS-13, and has an extensive criminal history.

In December 2018, he was arrested in Mecklenburg County for an assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats and possession of a stolen gun.”

Illegal alien MS-13 gang members slinging pounds of meth around the Charlotte area after having already been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon? Notice that the Gaston County authorities have put an immigration hold on one suspect with standing deportation orders. They are presumably cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

When illegal alien Cabrea-Rivas was arrested for a violent crime in Mecklenburg County just last month, however, he was RELEASED BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY. This is a prime example of the dangers involved in Sanctuary Sheriff’s cutting off cooperation with federal immigration authorities in favor of making illegal communities ‘feel comfortable,’ much like newly elected Sheriff Gerald Baker in Wake County.

Moreover, stories like this serve to remind us that there are very real examples of sordid criminals taking advantage of the United States’ lax border enforcement and spreading violence and drugs through out our own back yards.

Now, the a border wall is never going to stop all the drugs coming into this country – where there is a market, there is a way – but to act as if a border wall won’t do anything to mitigate the risks of all kinds of trafficking, especially human trafficking, is to deny basic logic.

Read more about the Gaston County drug bust from FOX 46 here.

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