Nine arrested in Winston-Salem drug ring bust

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nine men have been arrested after a drug ring was busted in Winston-Salem.

The men were arrested on Sept. 29 at Lowe’s Hardware as investigators executed search warrants at homes on Bridgeport Drive, Main Street, Gateway Lane and at the New York Jewelry store in Hanes Mall.

Authorities found about $1.7 million in gold and jewelry, 22 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $1.06 million, $61,677 in cash, three vehicles and a 9 mm handgun, police said.

Winston-Salem police worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Kernersville Police Department and state agencies in the investigation.

Eliazar Guzman Dominguez, 29, of Waughtown Street; Oscar Paz Mendoza, 33, of Ivy Avenue; Jamil Jumma Salehani, 50, of Bridgeport Drive; Oscar Silva Martinez, 51, of Gregory Street; Jesus Alfredo Rochin, 43, of Los Angeles; Enedino Ruiz Gonzalez, 26, of Harrington Circle; Edward Thomas Marin, 18, of Tara Court; Mauricio Milian Ramos, 29, of James Street; and Jhovani Lopez Palacios, 21, of Yarbrough Avenue, were all charged with conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.

The men are being held in the Forsyth County Jail.

The bonds for Dominiguez, Mendoza, Salehani, Martinez and Rochin were set at $900,000.

The bonds for Marin, Gonzalez, Ramos and Palacios were set at $500,000.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

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