Authorities charged Jorge Junez Rico, unknown age, of Acworth with drug trafficking and Joaquin Uvalle Dominguez, 27, of Kennesaw with cocaine possession.
On Monday, agents searched an upscale townhouse at 1612 Wehunt Place in Smyrna after they received word that the resident would be receiving a large shipment of marijuana. They discovered 232 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1 million in the townhouse, said Cobb County Sheriff's spokeswoman Nancy Bodiford.
The resident, Edmond Dewayne Hardrick, 26, of Smyrna, was arrested on a charge of marijuana possession and trafficking. Two other people at the townhouse, Lapresha Jo Delveau, 26, of Smyrna, and Ervin Dewan Crenshaw, 34, of Stone Mountain, were also jailed for allegedly trafficking drugs.
The discovery of the drug stash houses in Cobb comes on the heels of an even larger bust in nearby Gwinnett County last week. Gwinnett police confiscated 457 pounds of marijuana and several automatic weapons from a home at 885 Worcester Place in Lilburn after a neighbor tipped off investigators to possible drug activity.
Chuvalo Truesdell, spokesman for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration office in Atlanta, says there is no reason to believe the recently discovered drug stash houses in Cobb and Gwinnett are part of any trend outside of the normal drug trafficking activity that occurs in metro Atlanta. He said local law enforcement agencies may be seeing larger caches of marijuana lately because it's harvest season for outdoor marijuana growers.