The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) worked in conjunction with the Lawrenceville Police Department, the East Point Police and the Georgia State Patrol to arrest four individuals who are suspected to be involved in a drug cartel. The Gwinnett County arrests happened on a recent Friday.
Police say that the four arrested men were immigrants from Mexico, who allegedly had in their possession $850,000 and weapons, along with $5 million worth of meth, heroin and fentanyl-laced heroin. The massive drug bust took place following a tip that authorities received the evening before.
The investigation behind the arrests, however, had been ongoing for some time. According to a DEA special agent who commented on the arrests, "The investigation into a Mexican cartel began in 2017 ... it was the collaboration between several departments that made the arrest and then search warrant possible." The DEA special agent further stated that the arrested men were members of a large drug cartel from Mexico that the DEA is preparing to "take down."
As a part of the investigation, agents had been performing surveillance on a tire shop in Atlanta when they observed a U-Haul and a Nissan leave the shop. Officers followed both vehicles and pulled over the U-Haul, which led to their alleged discovery of methamphetamine. Officers pulled over the Nissan and obtained a search warrant for a home, in which they discovered a "false wall" that was hiding cash and heroin.
Of course, although these men have been arrested and accused of serious crimes, they will have the opportunity to defend themselves in court, even if they're undocumented immigrants. If you have been accused of drug crimes like drug trafficking or drug possession, explore the legal options available for your defense immediately.