NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Both Roswell and Alpharetta police have made significant arrests of drug traffickers, netting a combined $11 million.
In Roswell, police were called to a Rappahannock Drive home off Windward Parkway, Saturday, Aug. 4, as part of a drug arrest in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency and Alpharetta police.
Roswell Police Spokeswoman Lisa Holland said the sting resulted in 220 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, worth $5.5 million.
The DEA contacted Roswell police, Holland said, saying they had two people at gunpoint and needed backup.
Two suspects, Josa Carbajal-Pineda, 27, of Sandy Springs, and Ana Cansuelo Flores, 28, of Duluth, were arrested and charged with trafficking of meth.
“[The house] was a stash house,” Holland said. “Even the suspects were not living there.”
A stash house simply stores drugs, and, according to Holland, the drugs were in plain sight within the home. No one lived there, she said.
“It’s quite a large amount of drugs to get off the street,” Holland said. “We’re excited.”
In Alpharetta, the situation was similar.
An Aug. 8 raid on a home off Kimball Bridge Road lead to 150 pounds of meth seized. The total street value of the drugs was estimated at about $5.6 million. The majority of the narcotics were packaged for delivery and hidden within the box springs of a mattress. Additionally, more drugs were discovered in the “finishing stage” within a small meth lab.
“It’s a large operation,” said Alpharetta Public Safety Spokesman George Gordon. “Some processing of the narcotics happened in the apartment, and the vast majority of this stuff was already prepackaged when we found it.”
The owner of the apartment was not inside when the raid was conducted, and he is still at large.
“It’s just a matter of time before we bring him in,” said Gordon.
The DEA provided a clandestine lab team to safely disassemble the lab and clean up the home.
“This was a significant seizure resulting in the removal of a large amount of narcotics from the streets of the Atlanta metro region,” said Gary D. George, Alpharetta Public Safety director. “This seizure illustrates our continued commitment to stop the illegal drug trade in Georgia.”
Law enforcement has been finding in recent years that drug distribution points have moved out from the city and into the suburbs, said Gordon.
“That shift has been going on for a number of years,” he said.