Maiden man arrested on crack cocaine charges

Staff Writer

from o-n-e reports

One Maiden man is now in custody following the conclusion of a six month long investigation into his role in drug related activity.
The Catawba County Drug Task Force, along with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators, agents with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), agents with the North Carolina Department of Revenue and Task Force Officers with Homeland Security, arrested Salvador Sanchez Gore, 33, of 611 South Main Avenue in Maiden on Monday, Dec. 7, according to Catawba County Drug Task Force Supervisor Lt. Jason Reid.
On Monday, the departments executed search warrants at two residents within Catawba County that Gore is know to be at frequently.
“Gore was a target in Operation 110 Percent. We were waiting on today’s arrest to conclude his investigation,” Reid said. Operation 110 percent was a drug round-up plan that began and was first executed on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The operation – which aims to arrest 110 people on 475 felony charges in relation to drugs – is expected to be completed by Christmas, according to Reid.
Following the search, investigators seized 10 ounces of crack cocaine and nearly $15,000. The crack cocaine seized was valued at $10,000 to $20,000, depending how it is packaged and sold, according to Reid.
Gore was charged with three counts of trafficking crack cocaine by possession, three counts of trafficking crack cocaine by sell, three counts of trafficking crack cocaine by delivery and one count of conspiracy to trafficking crack cocaine.
“A person who is selling ten ounces of crack cocaine is not considered a ‘street level’ distributor. Gore has been on out radar for a long period of time. Our investigators worked non-stop to make his arrest possible and the assistance we received from Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI was vital in the success of the investigation,” Reid said. “Arresting someone in the distribution of crack cocaine as significant as Gore opens many other investigations for our task force as well as allows us to wrap up other related investigations.”
Gore is being held at the Catawba County Detention Center under a $750,000 secured bond.