Hall County and federal investigators said they found an arsenal of over 70 guns, including a WWI-era water-cooled machine gun, along with about 50 pounds of marijuana and thousands of pills inside a home near Gainesville on Thursday, Channel 2 Action News reported.
A search warrant was executed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Hall County deputies as part of a long-term investigation, a DEA agent told Channel 2.
“We were conducting a long-term investigation into fentanyl being pressed into pills and sold on the streets presented as tablets of Xanax or other prescription drugs,” agent Chad Cook told the news station.
Channel 2 reported 51 rifles, 20 handguns, the machine gun and three silencers have been confiscated on the nearly 42-acre property off Old Cornelia Highway. The home is located near East Hall High School, the news station reported.
The machine gun was previously referred to as a Gatling gun, but authorities have confirmed to Channel 2 that it is either a WWI-era weapon or a recreation.
“The person who created this obviously has the intent to do harm to others and obviously has the capability, so we’re fortunate nobody was injured,” Cook said.
Hundreds of bootlegged alparazolam pills, including Xanax, and powder to make more was also found along with over 6,000 doses of steroids and the marijuana, Channel 2 reported.
An underground bunker hidden beneath a garage was also discovered, the news station reported.
Authorities haven’t made any arrests but said they expect multiple people to be arrested as a result of this investigation.
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