DEA Finds 8.5 Kilos of Cocaine in Raleigh

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(Memphis) A Raleigh man is in jail with a very high bond of 8 million dollars. The DEA says it busted Ortencio Cawich with more than 8 kilos of cocaine at his house on James Road. Detectives say they found the bricks of cocaine in a truck in the back of the man's house but say Cawich claimed the truck didn't belong to him.

Federal agents surrounded the Raleigh house Friday, drawing-in lots of attention from neighbors.

“They were just outside checking out the house and I think they were taking pictures of it,” said neighbor Nicholas Allen.

Neighbors wanted to know what was going on.

“They wouldn`t tell us. I guess they couldn`t tell us,” said Karen Milner.

Saturday, they found out.

“Four black bricks,” Milner read off the police affidavit.

“I declare to myself,” reacted next door neighbor, Bobbie Walton.

The DEA says they found four cocaine bricks wrapped in garbage bags in back of a blue truck,  hidden in a tool box weighing a total of 8.5 kilos.

“Oh my goodness gracious,” said Walton.

“I have never seen cocaine so what does 8 kilos look like?” asked Milner.

It has a street value of about $300,000. Investigators kicked down the door of the house on James Road when no one would answer the door and arrested Cawich. Detectives say Cawich told them the house was his but not the blue truck out back. He said it was a friends who left it there more than 2 months ago.

“They do repairs in the back,” said Milner

His neighbor Karen Milner says Cawich is a mechanic and even her daughter's car is in his backyard waiting to be fixed, “It is still sitting over there but police did search her car yesterday.”

They found no drugs in her car - just those 5,000 plus grams of cocaine in the truck and a rifle in Cawich's house.

“Are kidding me? I am so glad you came and told me all this,” said Walton.

The neighbors say they might consider being more nosey next time someone moves-in next door.

“Know who is living next to you because I would have never assumed, ever,” said Milner.

Neighbors say he has lived in that house on James Road for less than a year. Cawich may be considered a flight risk because a judge set his bond at $8 million.


  • MikeBarret

    Dude is just trying to make some money, but dang, that’s a lot of coke especially for some random nobody. Hey y’all who else is out there digging up the DVD of Blow cause now you gotta watch it??

  • Henry

    You cant judge innocent people like that. Need a real investigation. Judge an innocent and let drug consumers walk freely around.

  • Hayley

    Seems like a nasty set up for an innocent person. What logic drug dealer would have 300,000 worth of cocaine and have no bad background about it.

    • SillyRabbit

      Based on the bail, he’s not “innocent” – he was paid to store the vehicle and was caught. He is either afraid for his family now, or hasn’t gotten a good deal to squeal or he’d have already turned States Evidence and this would never have hit the news. Most of these arrests don’t.

  • Sara

    Doesnt make sense. Why would you accept to store 300, 000 worth of drugs aware of the implications it can cause.Have u checked his criminal record. Clean. Seems this is a set up and they chose an easy target. Not clear; Needs God intervention to reveal the truth. You’ll see.

    • SillyRabbit

      Of course it makes sense! Easy money to store a vehicle you think you can deny knowing anything about. It’s about greed, as usual. Look at it from a business aspect. If I have $300k worth of drugs and need a place to hold it, maybe I’d make a deal for $3000 for you to sit on the vehicle for a month. I come out pretty cheap and you make a killing. It’s about MONEY!!! God has nothing to do with this – God gave him “Freedom of Choice” and he made the wrong one because criminals are lazy! If they weren’t they’d work like the rest of us.

      • Joe

        ohhh yeah. That makes sense. get paid to store 300, 000 of drugs and leave it in the front yard open out so that anyone can get ahold of it. Yeah thats very smart. I guess anyone would also leave a diamond ring in a car. leave it there for days see what happens.Maybe more thinking and less pointing of fingers.

  • marie mcclaine

    see!!! left out the “s” your name. this thread getting funny. my son knows this man. just put it this way…for the ppl in here sympathizing for this poor setup man…..lose ur sympathy.

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