Ga. meth seizure near U.S. record

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 5:49 AM
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 NORCROSS , Ga. - Gwinnett County police seized nearly half a ton of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $44.6 million from a home in Norcross, one of the biggest meth seizures ever made in the United States.

Police raided a house off Beaver Ruin Road between Interstate 85 and Buford Highway late Monday after authorities got a report that a large amount of meth was being produced there.

Officers found 150 pounds of crystal methamphetamine ready for sale and 200 gallons of liquid methamphetamine oil in a large drug lab.

Gwinnett County police called in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and a fire department hazmats team because of the size of the drug lab.

"This would feed hundreds and hundreds of addicts and destroy who knows how many lives, countless lives," said Rodney Benson of the DEA field office in Atlanta.

No one was in the home at the time of the raid, police said.

Authorities said they suspect a Mexican-based drug trafficking organization in the drug-making operation, but added investigators have not determined what group was responsible.

Police arrested 33-year-old Jose Galvez-Vela of Weslaco, Texas, and charged him with trafficking in meth. Police didn't say exactly where he was arrested and didn't know if he had a lawyer. Authorities said they are seeking others following the raid in Norcross, in the Northern Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County.

The discovery underscored a growing trend of Mexican drug trafficking organizations smuggling liquid meth into the United States to be converted into a crystal form for sale, Benson said. The liquid can be converted to crystal form within 48 hours, he said.

Investigators in hazmats suits cautiously removed the meth and flammable drug-making chemicals from the house Monday. It didn't appear that anyone was living in the house and that it was used strictly for manufacturing meth, police said.

The house was "really a powder keg, ready to blow at any time," Benson said. "Clearly removing that threat from that house is clearly making that neighborhood much safer today."

The house is set in a quiet, low- to middle-income subdivision, Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.

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Richmnd Cty Votr
Richmnd Cty Votr 12/01/10 - 12:03 pm
When will GA ever do

When will GA ever do something about illegals? ENOUGH is ENOUGH! We have enough meth and drug dealers of our own, we do not need more.

PUPPYMOMMA 12/01/10 - 01:40 pm
GA will do something about

GA will do something about illegals when the bleeding hearts lose their jobs to the illegals. I'm tired of hearing people say that illegals will do the jobs that Americans won't. That is baloney! When they first came , people hired them for yardwork and housekeeping. Now, they own their own businesses and cut prices and wages by doing work for nothing. The money made is sent back to their home country. If you don't believe it go to a BI-LO or someplace that Western Unions. I say BiLo because I waited behind some one day and that's where the money is going. They don't work better than Americans, they want a nap after lunch and $10 an hour (Taxfree). Legal business can't compete because of taxes, insurance and because we don't live 4 families to a house. But that is what it is coming to. Ask any plumber, homebuilder, equipment operator, landscaper or brick mason how illegals have affected their business. You'll get an earful. Two illegals produce a legal citizen and then comes the entitlements. Illegals can't get assistance but when you bring anchor baby in-WIC,medical, food aid and more. If an illegal needs dialysis they go to the local ER and get serviced which causes more costs than a scheduled visit. Who do you think pays? That's right-not them. The drug dealers have a lot of nerve,using our public roads and houses in our subdivisions to make and trade their drugs-then skipping out with the profits. Secure our borders-there are 480,000 estimated illegals is GA. Call a bus company, load it with illegals, send them back to their country and bill them for it.

PUPPYMOMMA 12/01/10 - 02:01 pm
If anyone supports the DREAM

If anyone supports the DREAM Act, you're really a dreamer! And there's really a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

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