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WHITEVILLE – A second Moore County man has been arrested in what investigators say is a multi-state crystal methamphetamine operation that has already netted suspects from Cumberland and Columbus counties.

Jose Dajesus Sandoval, 34, of Littlefield Lane in Robbins, was arrested Wednesday by detectives with the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, said Lt. Steven Worthington of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Sandoval was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, and his bail was set at $400,000, Worthington said.

Sandoval was living in the same home as Benjume Rodriguez, 36, who was arrested on the same charge Tuesday.

Also charged Tuesday were Johnny Andreas Savva Jr., 35, of Sand Hills Drive in Fayetteville and Samuel Olivares, 18, of Houston.

Savva was trailed by Columbus County detectives from Fayetteville to Columbus County on Tuesday night. He was arrested after a traffic stop in Whiteville where investigators seized about two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $200,000.

Interviews with Savva led detectives back to Fayetteville, where Olivares was arrested. Further investigation led officers to Moore County, where Rodriguez was taken into custody.

Sandoval, Olivares and Rodriguez are Mexican nationals, and investigators believe the methamphetamine seized Tuesday may have come from Mexico.

Investigators from the Cumberland County and the Moore County sheriff’s offices and the State Bureau of Investigation are working with Columbus County detectives.




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