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Hernan Castro- BazaThe Columbus/Bladen Task Force completed an eight month long investigation into the distribution of cocaine in both Columbus and Bladen Counties. 

Hernan Castro-Baza, 24, of Bolton was arrested and charged with one count of carrying a concealed firearm, two counts of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver marijuana, two counts of maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for use, sale, or storage of controlled substance and one count OFA for failure to appear on possessing cannabinoids issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. His bail was set at $195,000.

The Columbus/Bladen Task Force determined that Castro-Baza was responsible for distributing cocaine in the eastern portion of both Columbus and Bladen Counties.  A search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence, 232 Old 211, Bolton, NC.  Detectives seized approximately 1.5 kilos of cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, along with a concealed firearm from the defendant in this investigation.  The items were stored in both his residence and inside of his vehicle that was parked on the property.    

On June 22, 2016, at the conclusion of the investigation, the Columbus/Bladen Task Force arrested Castro-Baza. He was then processed at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center where he was incarcerated. 

This continues to be an ongoing investigation. 

Sheriff Hatcher wants to thank Sheriff McVicker and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this operation. 

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