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Federal prosecutors in Georgia announce major drug seizure

| Aug 20, 2020 | Drug Charges |

A Georgia man has been charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activities in connection with a drug seizure that officials say could be the largest in the state’s history. Investigators claim to have seized about 170 kilograms of heroin, 8 kilograms of marijuana, 10 kilograms of cocaine, 41 firearms and more than $1 million in U.S. currency. The man’s alleged activities are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Doraville Police Department.

Man’s name appears in Mexican drug group’s journals

Federal agents began to investigate the man after they allegedly found his name in journals seized from a drug trafficking organization operating out of Mexico. The records are said to have indicated that the man received more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine from the group in 2018 and 2019 and sent back about $31 million in drug proceeds. As the investigation progressed, agents identified several homes and apartments in the Atlanta area that the man allegedly used to package and distribute illegal drugs.

Search warrants executed

Agents executed search warrants at these locations on July 27. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, the search of an Atlanta apartment yielded the most evidence. In the studio residence, investigators allegedly found substantial quantities of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, guns and money. The search of an Atlanta home is said to have led to the seizure of 142 kilograms of heroin.

Negotiating plea agreements in federal narcotics cases

Federal prosecutors sometimes make generous sentencing offers to individuals charged with committing drug offenses if they are willing to cooperate and provide information about their suppliers. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise narcotics suspects to think carefully before rejecting such an offer as the maximum penalties for federal drug crimes can be severe.

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