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Atlanta officials seize 575 pounds of meth, cocaine from Mexican drug ring

Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

Gwinnett County law enforcement arrested 10 people and seized more than 500 pounds of drugs that were part of a Mexico-based drug ring, Atlanta media reports.

Law enforcement seized 400 pounds of meth, 175 pounds of cocaine, $2 million in cash and 10 firearms in the bust.

Fox 5 Atlanta reported the bust was the result of an investigation into a Mexican drug trafficking and money laundering organization. The investigation began in February and led law enforcement to Gwinnett County. They were able to execute several search warrants and a traffic stop after extensive surveillance.

10 Gwinnett County residents were arrested and charged as part of the busts. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported their names and charges:

  • Angel Santiago, indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a crime and one count of trafficking in methamphetamine
  • Carlos Wilson Paz, indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a crime and one count of trafficking in cocaine
  • Carmelo Reyes-Lozano, indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a crime
  • Cesar Leonel Perez-Flores, indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a crime and one count of trafficking in methamphetamine.
  • Raul Solorio-Campos, indicted on two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime
  • Rony Omar Martinez-Colon, indicted on one count of trafficking in cocaine and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime
  • Tracy Price, indicted on two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime
  • Nicolas Fernandez-Lopez, indicted on one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, two counts of trafficking in cocaine and two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime
  • Jose Heredia Gonzalez, indicted on one count of trafficking in methamphetamine
  • Kevin Ernest Contreras, indicted on one count of trafficking in methamphetamine

Twenty-five others were also arrested in Coweta, Clayton, Barrow, Henry and Fulton counties as well as North Carolina, the AJC said.

During the search of a residence, officials said they found liquid meth hidden in a gas tank and a shrine for La Santa Muerta, known as the “Patron Saint of Narcos,” Fox 5 said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett Metro Task Force and the Lawrenceville Police Department assisted the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office with the operation, Fox 5 reported.

Lauren Gorla: 706-571-8647, @gorla94

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