Investigation continues in drug sting
Fri, 15 Jan 2010 19:28:11 GMT —
23-year-old Celso Soriano Vasquez, arrested Thursday in one of the biggest Midlands drug busts in three decades. Authorities say he doesn't speak English and could be tied to the Mexican Drug Cartel.
"I think if you get to the point where you don't speak English and you don't have any other way, maybe you'll find this alluring--knowing that its not right," said Father Alfredo Gonzalez.
Father Alfredo Gonzalez runs an Hispanic Outreach Ministry in Columbia and says when people move to the U.S. from other countries, they can sometimes lose their way.
"Unfortunately there are always going to be a few bad apples in every group," said Gonzalez. "There are millions of others who are here doing the right thing; working, paying taxes, buying housing, producing revenue for the United States."
"The Mexican drug is influencing us in South Carolina--and this is an example of it," said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.
On Thursday, investigators found nearly 2,800 pounds of Marijuana and roughly $1 million in a Richland County home. Vasquez was the only person arrested at the house. Authorities are still trying to figure out who he is.
It's a disappointment to Father Gonzalez, who does his best to guide his community.
"It's affecting all of the community of Hispanics--just because one person or two people are not doing the right thing," said Gonzalez.
A domino affect that can only be stopped by addressing issues head on.