PALMETTO, Ga. -- Inside intelligence and a traffic stop helped Georgia-based agencies seize hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine on Wednesday.
The Atlanta office of the Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that with information gleaned by its agents, the Georgia State Patrol was able to pull over a suspect vehicle leading to the seizure of 130 pounds of crystal meth and two arrests - Pedro Herrera-Garcia and Feiberta Aleman of Mexico.
Both were charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act - Trafficking Meth. But the investigation was only beginning there.
Agents with help from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation then secured a stash house at 8420 Atlanta Newnan Road in Palmetto, Ga. With work from the DEA Atlanta Field Divison's Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team, agents secured a warrant and seized about 90 more pounds of crystal meth and 250 pounds of liquid meth in the basement. They also found a lab for converting liquid meth to its crystal form. Two suspects fled the scene and remain at-large.
In addition, officials report that agents found four elementary school-age children and a todler who were placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Youth Services.
"The successful results of this investigation should let criminals who flood the drug market with methamphetamine know that DEA and its multi-level law enforcement partners will disrupt, dismantle and ultimately destroy their drug distribution networks,” DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Daniel Salter said.
GBI Director Vernon Keenan said the investigation was a team effort that helped get a deadly drug off the streets.
"These arrests demonstrate the great work of law enforcement at all levels to investigate and prosecute the distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine affecting Georgia and our surrounding states. The GBI remains committed to working with our local and federal partners in drug enforcement to address these types of crimes.”
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