Investigators say they could smell money in Newport News drug case

Clockwise from top left: Marvin Carter, Michael Kuna, Hilario Rodriguez, Daniel Rodriguez (Photos: Western Tidewater Regional Jail)
Clockwise from top left: Marvin Carter, Michael Kuna, Hilario Rodriguez, Daniel Rodriguez (Photos: Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — More details are emerging in the drug trafficking and conspiracy case against four men, including Marvin O’Neal Carter, 49, of Newport News.

Clockwise from top left: Marvin Carter, Michael Kuna, Hilario Rodriguez, Daniel Rodriguez (Photos: Western Tidewater Regional Jail)
Clockwise from top left: Marvin Carter, Michael Kuna, Hilario Rodriguez, Daniel Rodriguez (Photos: Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

Federal agents say Carter, Michael Kuna, of Canada, and brothers Daniel and Hilario Rodriguez, of California, were involved in a large-scale operation to sell cocaine. Monday’s court testimony focused on Kuna.

A drug task force agent testified that Kuna brought two large duffel bags to the garage. Investigators then followed Kuna’s Subaru and stopped it on 64, near Mercury Boulevard.

They say they found the empty duffel bags in the car – and that the empty bags “smelled of wet currency.” Agents say when they searched the garage, they found more than $1 million in cash and 54 kilos of cocaine.

Newport News man, three others remain jailed after major drug bust

Police arrested the men two weeks ago during a raid at an auto garage business in Newport News.

There, investigators found the cocaine, along with heroin, materials consistent with making crack cocaine and several guns. Among them was a handgun known as “The Judge,” which can fire shotgun shells as well as 45 caliber bullets, along with two AR-15 assault rifles.

Uncut cocaine that was seized in the raid two weeks ago has an estimated street value of $2.3 million, according to authorities. Each man faces 10 years to life in prison, if convicted.

Daniel Rodriguez waived his right to a bond hearing Monday. All four men remain in jail, and their case will now go before a federal grand jury.

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