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The second man charged in an 80-kilo cocaine bust on Aurelian Springs Road last year was sentenced early last month to an 8.5-year sentence, according to federal court documents.

Proceedings for Luis Enrique Arroyo-Jiminez were held before District Judge James C. Dever III in Raleigh.

An interpreter was present for the proceedings in which Dever dismissed count 1 against Arroyo-Jiminez and sentenced him to 102 months for the second count which charges he and Andrew Richard Rodarte, a truck driver who delivered the cocaine to him in July of 2019, aided and abetted each other by possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

Upon completion of his sentence Arroyo-Jiminez will serve two years of supervised release.

He was ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 and recommended for a mental health assessment and treatment at the federal correctional institution in Atlanta.

Rodarte was sentenced to serve an 8-year sentence in May.

According to a criminal complaint, members of the DEA conducted an investigation of suspected drug traffickers in Halifax County.

As part of that operation, investigators observed a mobile home in the 9000 block of Aurelian Springs Road in the Littleton area.

During the operation a semi-truck arrived at the residence. The driver of the vehicle was later identified as Rodarte.

Investigators then observed several individuals exit the residence and approach the vehicle. The individuals then accessed the sleeper compartment of the vehicle and unloaded several large duffel bags which were taken inside the residence. 

Rodarte then left the residence.

Inside each bag were approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine for a total of 80 kilos. The substances were later field tested and the results were positive for cocaine. 

Rodarte, according to the complaint, admitted to transporting the seized cocaine and said he had made at least five similar trips to other locations.

A subsequent search of his vehicle yielded bulk currency —  $2,055,141 located in a hidden compartment.