3 arrested in $57K North Georgia meth bust

Three people were arrested Wednesday in a North Georgia drug bust that turned up $57,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine, authorities said.

Three agencies searched a residence in the 7000 block of Old Cornelia Highway in Alto, according to a news release from the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office.

They found about 519 grams of crystal meth and $9,525, spokesman Mitchell Posey said. Agents also found a .380 caliber handgun under a couch cushion.

The street value of the illegal narcotics was $57,000, Posey said.

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James Hood, 33, the resident, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to the release.

Charles Freeman, 36, of Cornelia, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Hood and Freeman were taken to the Habersham County Jail.

Jessica Martinez, 32, of Homer, was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. She was taken to the Hall County Jail.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the raid, Posey said.

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