A federal jury in Statesville last week convicted a man of charges that authorities said resulted from his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy that operated mainly in Alexander, Iredell, Caldwell, Catawba and Ashe counties.
Carlos Antonio Flores, 34, of Statesville, was convicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of meth with intent to distribute following a three-day trial that concluded last Thursday.
According to evidence in the trial, Flores and his co-conspirators distributed more than 15 kilos of meth with a street value of over $1.5 million in 2015.
A press release said Flores and others were arrested on Oct. 30, 2015.
This prosecution is part of an ongoing investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) that has resulted in the conviction of more than 200 defendants on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges.
Flores has been in federal custody since October 2015. Flores faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, as well as a fine of up to $10 million. A sentencing date has not been announced.
In addition to federal authorities, the case was investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Iredell, Alexander and Caldwell sheriff’s offices.