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Cocaine, Pot, Weapons Seized in Major North Columbus Drug Bust

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Federal agents confiscated cocaine and hundreds of pounds of marijuana while arresting two men in connection with a year-long drug investigation.

Agents arrested Jorge Santos and Freddie Wooten early Thursday morning after raiding Santos's home at 1279 Carolyn Ave. in North Columbus.

Authorities seized approximately 188 lbs. of marijuana and more than 13 lbs. of cocaine during the raid. Agents also took possession of five weapons, including an A-15 assault rifle.

Investigators believe Santos and Wooten were members of a large-scale drug distribution operation that involved the transportation of narcotics from Houston, Texas to Columbus.

Wooten is accused of driving his tractor-trailer to Houston on multiple occasions, where he met with Santos, who allegedly traveled to Texas via plane to oversee the illegal transactions. Wooten drove the drug shipments to Columbus in his truck, according to federal agents.

Investigators claim that Wooten last traveled to Houston to obtain drugs on November 26, and was spotted by agents driving the shipment into Columbus on December 4.

Wooten allegedly drove his truck to Santos's home, where the two suspects made several trips between the vehicle and the house.

Wooten was pulled over by a sheriff's deputy after leaving Santos's home, at which time a canine officer alerted that drugs had been present in the truck. Investigators then searched the home, where the drugs and weapons were found.

"Whatever they were doing, they kept it low-key, because there really wasn't any traffic or anything going on in and out of that house," neighbor Timothy Fowler said.

Santos and Wooten were arrested without incident, and are being held without bail. Each man faces a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; they could face life in prison if convicted.

Two women and a toddler were inside Santos's home at the time of the raid. Prosecutors have not yet determined if the suspects will face additional charges.
 
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