DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities arrested two people accused of operating a meth lab across the street from a DeKalb County elementary school.
According to Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdell, DEA agents set up surveillance on a home on Stephenson Road in Stone Mountain after learning that someone was actively cooking meth inside. The house is located near Pine Ridge Elementary School. A middle school and high school were also nearby.
Georgia State Patrol stopped a vehicle outside the house and found more than 13 pounds of meth.
After obtaining a search warrant at the home, agents said they discovered a large meth laboratory inside. Authorities said they also found 300 pounds of liquid meth, 120 pounds of crystal meth, more than 4 pounds of heroin, 6.6 pounds of cocaine and more than $147,000 in cash. In all, the haul was worth more than $13 million.
Authorities arrested 23-year-old Pedro Suarez-Rangel, of Stone Mountain, and 28-year-old Juan Perez-Garcia, of Lithonia, on numerous charges, including trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking cocaine, trafficking heroin and manufacturing, distributing or possessing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of any public or private school.
Both were Mexican nationals, the DEA said.
Officials said the drug traffickers thought they would be less noticeable in the residential area.
No students were ever in danger, authorities said.