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2 Nash County men face drug trafficking charges

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BAILEY — Two Nash County men face multiple charges after sheriff’s deputies seized 5 ounces of cocaine in a drug investigation dubbed Operation Blizzard.

At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Nash County officials followed up on an ongoing narcotics investigation on Maudis Road outside Bailey. Deputies received information that 22-year-old Francisco Javier Macias Jr. was selling drugs near an open area on Maudis Road, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Deputies saw Macias driving a black 2006 Chrysler 300C on Old Bailey Highway near N.C. 97 and followed him to Maudis Road, according to Medina.

Deputies witnessed Macias meet with another individual and conduct a drug deal, officials said in the release. Deputies approached both individuals and found Macias in possession of 5 ounces of powder cocaine, officials said.

Deputies searched Macias’ car and seized a Beretta handgun, marijuana, oxycodone and cash. Macias’ passenger, 24-year-old Jose Juan Castillo, was also searched. Officials said Castillo had no illegal contraband, but deputies say an undisclosed amount of cash was seized as a result of the investigation.

“Throughout this investigation, 377.5 grams of powder cocaine were seized from the possession of Francisco Javier Macias Jr.,” Medina said.

Macias is charged with seven counts of maintaining a vehicle for storage of a controlled substance; five counts each of trafficking cocaine by possession and trafficking cocaine by transportation; four counts each of trafficking cocaine by delivery and trafficking cocaine by sale; two counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and selling or delivering cocaine; and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and simple possession of Schedule II controlled substance. Macias received a $1.2 million secured bond.

Castillo was charged with one count each of trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transportation, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. Castillo received a $200,000 secured bond.