A short-term investigation by the Cherokee Multi Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) and the Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) led to three arrests and the seizure of almost $1 million worth of marijuana.
Agents with CMANS and HIDTA executed a search warrant at a home in the 6300 block of Bells Ferry Road Dec. 19 and seized about 800 pounds of marijuana, said Lt. Jay Baker, public information officer for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Roger Garrison said the wider scope of addressing drug trafficking helped culminate the bust.
“I’m very pleased, obviously, that we’ve removed this quantity of drugs off the street,” said Garrison, who is the current vice chairman of HIDTA. “The bigger issue is that we are working, more or less, throughout the entire metro area to stem the flow of drugs to Cherokee County. In today’s mobile society, we have to look beyond our borders to address the issue effectively.”
Beginning Jan. 1, Garrison will take over the helm of HIDTA as the organization’s chairman.
CMANS and HIDTA agents conducted surveillance at the home after receiving information that there was a substantial amount of marijuana there.
They were able to secure a search warrant for the home and found the marijuana, valued at $957,600, inside, Baker said.
Agents arrested Fermin Garfias, 35, of Douglasville, Jesus Pena, 29, of Birmingham, Ala., and Jonathan Segovia-Saucedo, 22, of Acworth, Baker said.
All were charged with trafficking marijuana and were taken to the Cherokee County jail where they were being held without bond, at press time.