5 jailed after $1 million meth lab busted in Barrow County

Left to right: Arturo Lopez-Torres, Catarino Lopez, Jhonnathan Ulivi Vergara, Julio Moreno-Nieto and Sergio Lopez. (Credit: Barrow County Sheriff's Office)
Left to right: Arturo Lopez-Torres, Catarino Lopez, Jhonnathan Ulivi Vergara, Julio Moreno-Nieto and Sergio Lopez. (Credit: Barrow County Sheriff's Office)

Five men are facing charges after Barrow County deputies found 19 one-gallon buckets of liquid methamphetamine in a bedroom closet earlier this month.

Catarino Lopez, Sergio Lopez, Arturo Lopez-Torres, Jhonnathan Ulivi Vergara and Julio Moreno-Nieto were arrested June 14 in connection with an alleged meth lab being run out of a home at 1625 Sedgefield Trail in Bethlehem, Barrow County sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Ryan Sears said in a news release.

Investigators pursued a tip that the liquid meth had been brought into the county from Mexico for the purpose of converting it to crystal meth, Sears said.

At a Barrow County meth lab, officials found $250,000 in cash, three firearms and 19 gallons of liquid methamphetamine. (Credit: Barrow County Sheriff's Office)
At a Barrow County meth lab, officials found $250,000 in cash, three firearms and 19 gallons of liquid methamphetamine. (Credit: Barrow County Sheriff's Office)

A special team had to be brought in to safely dismantle the lab, Sears said.

The value of the 45 pounds of crystal meth that would have resulted is $1 million, Sears said.

Deputies also recovered three firearms, marijuana, cocaine and $250,000 in cash.

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