The drugs were found hidden under packaging in a UHaul truck, authorities said. (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)
Channel 2 Action News reported that the drugs were stashed under packages of La Moderna Jarochas cookies. The driver, Jonathan Vasquez Buena, was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, the release said.
The second vehicle was pulled over by Lawrenceville police, and they found about 25 kilograms of cocaine in the rear of the car, the release said.
Juan Antonio Guzman-Rodriguez, Antonio Jefferson Guzman and Jose Salvador Herrera Guzman were all arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, the release said.
The traffic stop then led agents to obtain a search warrant for a home in Lawrenceville, where the DEA found a hidden compartment that contained eight kilograms of heroin, a shotgun, a handgun, drug packaging materials and $850,000 in cash, the release said.
Several car batteries, which had their insides removed to hide drugs in, were also recovered, the release said.
In total, $3.1 million worth of cocaine, $1.2 million worth of heroin and $1.1 million worth of meth was seized, the release said.
Murphy said the drugs came from one of seven Mexican cartels working in metro Atlanta, but he wouldn’t identify which cartel was involved, Channel 2 reported.
One of the four people arrested has been deported to Mexico for an aggravated felony, the release said. His name was not provided, and two of the others had Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds placed on them.
“Another successful law enforcement success targeting the Mexican organizations targeting this poison in our community,” Murphy said.
The bust was part of a joint investigation, which has been active since Nov. 2017, by the DEA and the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office. Lawrenceville police, East Point police and the GSP also contributed to the investigation.
Approximately 67 kilograms of cocaine, 21 kilograms of heroin, 250 pounds of meth, $2.2 million in cash, multiple firearms and 15 arrests have come from the investigation, the release said.
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Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez reports.