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Drug ring busted, locals arrested

17 members of Mexico-based ring indicted

June 02, 2014
ATLANTA Charges were brought against 17 alleged members of a Mexico-based drug ring May 28, including two Alpharetta and Cumming residents. The federal charges include conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

"This investigation unmasked a massive smuggling conspiracy involving staggering amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine brought into Atlanta from the southwest border, and a significant amount of bulk cash destined for Mexico," said Special Agent in Charge Brock D. Nicholson, head of Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta.

According to officials, the group conspired to bring large amounts of drugs into Atlanta from Mexico. They used passenger buses, owned by one of those charged, to transport the drugs from Mexico, across the border into the United States and directly to the Atlanta area.

After unloading the narcotics-laden buses in local warehouses, the men would allegedly distribute the drugs in the Atlanta area, as well as in Florida.

When investigators arrested the men, they seized hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine along with thousands of dollars in cash.

Locally, 11 pounds of methamphetamine were seized on Jan. 3, from an apartment on Jameson Pass in Alpharetta, which was used by the organization as a methamphetamine laboratory. Law enforcement had discovered the lab after an explosion at the apartment.

Twelve suspects have been arrested, including Blanca Hernandez, 41, of Alpharetta. Another five suspects are on the run, including Reynaldo Maldonado-Guipes, 56, of Cumming.

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    17 members indicted
    June 04, 2014 | 04:53 PM

    Hard to be respectful when they disrespect our laws. Send these vermin back where they came from.

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    June 10, 2014 | 02:22 PM

    your ignorance in disgusting. typical words of an ignorant person to categorize and judge all people of that race just because a few of made horrible mistake. Then should we also bad ALL red necks because on chooses to shot up a courthouse?

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    June 11, 2014 | 12:07 PM

    the only ignorant comment are yours, nunya. the article clearly states "mexico-based" drug ring. i agree that drug dealers are vermin. are you pro meth? are you pro violence? you're not so innocent yourself saying that since the courthouse shooter was white that he has to be a redneck. you hypocrite.

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