A Friday afternoon traffic stop led to the dismantling of a multi-million-dollar north Georgia meth lab.
According to police, Angel Luis Rivera-Santiago and Victor Rafael Aponte were pulled over for an unspecified traffic stop in Dahlonega.
A subsequent investigation led to a search warrant. While police were searching the residence, another man, Valentine Duarte-Vejar, allegedly fled the scene but was captured and found to be possessing a gun.
Lumpkin County police and FBI agents said they also found a few grams of cocaine and $166,000.
Police said they continued following leads until they found a conversion lab in nearby Suches, which was allegedly being used to convert liquid methamphetamine to crystal meth.
Police said they found a handgun and 15 kilos of crystal meth at the lab. Agents processed about 300 pounds of environmental waste largely containing methamphetamine oil.
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Police said the lab was capable of producing between 25-50 kilograms of crystal meth, which had a street value of more than $3 million.
All five men are in the Lumpkin County jail facing drug charges. Police said their respective immigration statuses are still pending.