LUMBERTON — A 32-year-old Robeson County man whom authorities say was a member of a cocaine and marijuana trafficking operation has been arrested and is being held without bond.
Huston Princegerald Dial is one of eight people indicted on July 2 for conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute on or before April 2011 until May 9, 2012, more than 5 kilograms of cocaine — about 11 pounds — and at least 1,000 kilograms — 2,200 pounds — of marijuana, according to the United States Attorney General’s Office.
Dial was arrested on Aug. 13 and is being held in the New Hanover County jail without bond. He is being represented by David Venable, of Raleigh.
Details about Dial’s arrest have not been made available.
The Robesonian has received information that Dial resided in Rowland, but could not confirm his exact address. Representatives of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, District Courts in Raleigh and Wilmington and the United States Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday they did not have Dial’s address on file.
Other defendants listed on the indictment are Orlando Acuna-Robinson; Gustavo “Tavo” Campos-Flores; Carlos “Pelon” Fiero; Marco “Guero” Flores-Alvarado; Ernesto “Peter” Galindo-Hernandez; Juan “Chivo” Marvan; and Enrique Mendoza-Figueroa.
Dial is the sixth person affiliated with Stunna Automotive, on McLeod Drive in Maxton, to face drug charges, according to previous reports.
Dial drove a drag car owned by the now 40-year-old Shane Marcus Hunt for Stunna Racing, the auto shop’s drag racing team, according to an online publication that covers races at Piedmont Dragway in Julian, N.C. Coastal Plains Dragway in Jacksonville lists Dial as placing in a race in February 2007.
Hunt, who went by the street name of “Boss,” was sentenced in April 2008 to 32 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being the head of an operation run out of the auto body shop that distributed more than 11,000 pounds of cocaine, according to a statement from the United States Attorney General’s Office.
Hunt’s partner, Anthony “Boo” Dial, was sentenced on the same day to 31 years in prison, according to the statement.
On Sept. 22, 2006, drug agents purchased of 4.5 ounces of cocaine for $2,200 from Anthony Dial at Stunna Automotive. The auto shop was raided on March 28, 2007, when SBI agents arrested Anthony Dial and two other men, Robert Curtis Jacobs and Mark D. Locklear, according to previous reports.
Hunt’s cousin, Madison Cheek, of Maxton, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in March 2009 in connection with the drug operation, according to a statement from the United States Attorney General’s Office. Cheek sold more than 100 kilograms of cocaine when he began as a drug runner and moved up in the organization to selling the drugs from his home, according to the statement.
Agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force assisted in the investigations into the drug operation, according to previous reports.