$7M in Drugs, Cash Seized in Gwinnett

DEA agents arrest three men, confiscate heroin, methamphetamine, guns, and cash from stash house in unincorporated Duluth.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested three men at a drug stash house at 4041 Megan Road in unincorporated Duluth on Tuesday. The raid netted 39 kilograms (86 pounds) of heroin with a street value of $5 million and two kilos (4.4 pounds) of methamphetamine or “crystal ice” with a street value of $132,000.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. and Harry S. Sommers, DEA agent in charge of the Atlanta Field Division, announced the arrest and drug seizure in a press release Thursday (Aug. 2).

This residence was being used by Mexican drug cartel operatives to hide money and drugs for a drug trafficking organization operating out of Fulton County, according to their announcement.

They also reported that an assault rifle, handgun and a vehicle were also confiscated along with $2 million dollars in related cash. DEA Atlanta has been investigating this drug cartel for more than a year. This week’s seizure is linked to an August 2011 seizure of 36 kilos of heroin and $4 million dollars in cash in Cobb County.

Arrested at the stash house were Bardomiano Renteria-Salazar, 36, Carlos Soto-Pineda, 32, and Raphael Lee-Ochoa, 20. Salazar and Ochoa were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a weapon during a crime. All three were being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

The investigation is continuing pending their indictment by a Fulton County Grand Jury.


Malcolm Kyle August 03, 2012 at 03:17 PM
An appeal to all Prohibitionists: Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high—no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists, and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future. Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so "proud & free" nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies? Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard, or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime pay, the many kickbacks, and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid, and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem. Prohibition prevents regulation!
Ross Crawford August 03, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Did you all note this part of the article: "This residence was being used by Mexican drug cartel operatives to hide money and drugs for a drug trafficking organization operating out of Fulton County." MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL!! I figured they were in the border states, you know the ones that wanted to protect their borders because the Obama administration will not do it. but had no idea they were in our local area. These cartels are ultra dangerous. More so than any other drug dealers we have been exposed to. And Obama is wanting to allow more illegal immigrants to stay in our country, and handcuff law enforcement when they pull one over for a traffic violation, and see they are here illegally. The cartels will replace these folks and not miss a beat. It's not like they have to sneak into the country.
Imon Lylooking October 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
What role would citizens expect the government to play in a scenario wherein an approved prescription drug was found to cause harm disproportionate to the benefit it provided? Would most people rather have an agency like the FDA remove the drug from the market, and put a halt to the harm, or would they prefer to have to compete intellectually with slickster advertising from the drug manufacturers who would surely like to milk every last dime they could get from the public before the public, en masse, turned away from their dangerous product? I'd wager that nearly 100% of people polled would agree that drugs found to be dangerous, like Thalidomide, Celebrex, etc., should be removed from sale and be destroyed. Please read this quote from a Wikipedia article on opium and China: "In response to the ever-growing number of Chinese people becoming addicted to opium, Daoguang of the Qing Dynasty took strong action to halt the import of opium, including the seizure of cargo." The recreational drug trade that you would like to regulate, rather than ban, has the potential to destroy untold numbers of lives, and even to decimate entire civilizations. Research the subject. Many civilizations have been entirely dismantled through the misuse of drugs. Legitimate, medicinal drug use must be regulated to ensure efficacy, purity, etc.; recreational drug use must be discouraged, banned, become intolerable.


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