Tip about U-Haul truck leads to seizure of ‘exotic drugs,’ 3 arrests

Three people were arrested in what Douglas County officials are calling a “large scale” drug seizure of marijuana and “exotic drugs” from California worth at least $300,000. 

Montana Gaunt, 29, Zachary Buchannan, 23, and Aleah Campbell, 18, face drug charges after officials got a tip that a large drug shipment was entering the metro area, Douglas County sheriff’s Sgt. Jesse Hambrick said at a news conference Thursday. 

Authorities first arrested Gaunt, who was driving a U-Haul truck carrying 50 pounds of marijuana, headed to a Timmons Circle home, Hambrick said. 

Officials searched the residence, where Hambrick said they found hydroponic marijuana, THC “Wax,” “Budder,” psilocybin mushrooms, cocaine and a stolen gun. 

Buchannan and Campbell were inside the home and were arrested. 

“This is just not your regular marijuana seizure,” Hambrick said. “You have to understand that commercial-grade marijuana that’s seized from Mexico, into Texas, and over to Atlanta is sold and purchased for fractions of what it’s actually worth.” 

Hambrick said during those seizures marijuana is selling at $50 or $100 a pound, but Wednesday’s seizure “had the potential to go for as much as $4,500 a pound.”

“It is high quality hydroponically grown marijuana,” he said. “You don’t see that very often. The mushrooms, the  ‘Wax’ and ‘Budder’ are not something we see often in the Atlanta area.” 

Hambrick didn’t specify the exact street value of the drugs seized, but estimated them to be between $300,000 to $350,000. 

He said this is the second drug bust Douglas County officials have made in less than a week.

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