A mother and her two adult sons are facing charges in connection with delivering methamphetamine to a Gwinnett County house from Texas, officials said.
Alex Perez, 37, Cresencio Perez, 32, and their 56-year-old mother, San Juana Barrera, allegedly stashed more than 400 grams of meth in their SUV’s tires Jan. 25 and took the drugs to a house on Lindsey Court in Norcross, according to an arrest warrant.
Agents uncovered 18 kilos of crystal meth and three gallons of the drug in liquid form when they raided the house, Channel 2 Action News reported.
The defense attorney argued recently in court that agents don’t know how much was stored in the house before the family arrived.
Barrera said she was only along for the ride and had no knowledge of any illegal activity, according to Channel 2.
An undercover police officer said in court the brothers brought mom because they wanted to look like a family traveling to avoid suspicion. Investigators were tipped off after intercepting a call about the delivery, Channel 2 reported.
Gwinnett County Prosecutor Bobby Wolf said it was set up to make it look legitimate.
“It’s certainly reasonable to assume these two sons are going to give their mom a piece of a fairly large pie if they get away with this,” Wolf said.
The DEA said the drugs are worth more than $1 million and that Cresencio Perez confessed to the trafficking crime, Channel 2 reported.
All three are being held without bond.
Know what’s really going on with crime and public safety in your metro Atlanta community, including breaking news, trial coverage, trends and the latest on unsolved cases. Sign up for the AJC’s crime and safety newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.
In other news: