Duplin County Drug Trafficker Who Brandished a Firearm at Deputy, Jorge Zapata Castro Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison
RALEIGH, NC (STL.News) Jorge Zapata Castro, 52, of Duplin County, was sentenced today to 216 months in prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Five Grams or More of Methamphetamine, Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime and Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien.
According to court documents and evidence presented in court, on July 22, 2019 a Duplin County Sheriff’s Deputy observed Zapata Castro leaving a known drug house. The deputy conducted a traffic stop after Zapata Castro crossed the center line multiple times in the area of North Carolina Highway 241 in Duplin County. Zapata Castro informed the deputy that he did not have a driver’s license. While the deputy was conducting his investigation, Zapata Castro fled at high rate of speed. During the chase that ensued, Zapata Castro leaned out of the window of his vehicle and pointed a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun at the deputy. Then, Zapata Castro lost control and crashed his vehicle into a person’s yard at the intersection of Old NC 24 and Wagon Ford Road.