Lancaster deputies: Tip leads to major drug bust

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pineville man this week after he was caught with 400 grams of cocaine in his possession. 

Alex Vicente Soto-Godinez, 36, was taken into custody on Wednesday, September 28 following a join operation by the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit and Drug Task Force agents.

Soto-Godinez is charged with trafficking cocaine 400 grams or more and possession with intent to distribute marijuana..

According to police, Soto-Godinez operates Alex’s Auto Care, LLC along Fort Mill Highway in Indian Land. Task Force agents received information that illegal drugs were present at the business. Surveillance was established at approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

Soto-Godinez was not present, but agents expected him to return to the business. Soto-Godinez arrived later driving a Honda Odyssey van. Agents spoke with Soto-Godinez, and a York County drug K-9 alerted on the van. 

Based upon their conversation with Soto-Godinez, the K-9 alert, and other information that had been obtained, agents obtained search warrants for the business and the van. 

A search of the business produced approximately 1.6 kilograms of a substance suspected to be cocaine, a little over 2.5 pounds (1160 grams) of a substance suspected to be marijuana, $3,651 cash, and other drug related items including packaging materials.

Authorities said a preliminary search of the van at the scene produced nothing unusual. The van was towed to the Lancaster County Vehicle Maintenance Shop for a more thorough search. Agents found concealed within the van 12 packages of a compressed substance also suspected to be cocaine. Each package weighed approximately a kilogram, and the total weight seized from the van is approximately 12 kilograms. 

The street value of 13.5 kilograms of cocaine is well in excess of a million dollars.

Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email