Three arrested in drug raid

NORCROSS - Three people were arrested Thursday after authorities searched a residence in Norcross and seized 200 pounds of marijuana.

The suspects, whose names were not released Friday, are suspected participants in a major drug distribution ring in Atlanta. Authorities also did not disclose the address where the arrests occurred due to the ongoing investigation, said Stacey Kelley, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department.

The marijuana, valued at $1 million, was part of a large seizure including two Ford Expeditions, $10,900 cash and three firearms. The Lawrenceville Police Department and DeKalb Police Department's Strike Force collaborated with the Sheriff's Department in the investigation, Kelley said.

Man charged with aggravated assault

NORCROSS - An Atlanta man is accused of pushing his girlfriend from a moving car, causing her to be struck by another vehicle.

Luis Gomez Metia, 26, shoved his girlfriend out of his vehicle while driving on Jimmy Carter Boulevard on June 4, said Stacey Kelley, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department.

Another vehicle slammed into the woman, causing her to be hospitalized in a coma until she roused on Aug. 21. The victim still requires extensive therapy to recover from her injuries, Kelley said.

Metia was arrested Thursday at his apartment on Clairmont Road in Atlanta on charges of theft by taking, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery. He is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

Police arrest three in prostitution sting

NORCROSS - Three people were arrested Thursday in a prostitution bust at TownePlace Suites at 6640 Bay Circle.

Monalito Jemal Hutchins was charged with pimping for allegedly transporting two professional escorts to the inn about 11 p.m., according to an arrest warrant. One woman, 24-year-old Trina Brown of Atlanta, reportedly charged $220 for escort services and offered to perform oral sex and intercourse for $300.

Nancy Koum, 20, of Tucker, allegedly offered to perform oral sex for $300 or have sexual intercourse for $500. The ladies were unaware that they were speaking with an undercover Gwinnett County Police officer. They were both arrested on a charge of prostitution.

- From staff reports