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Four indicted on charges they ran large drug ring

ATLANTA - Four illegal aliens believed to be from Mexico have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to a large-scale drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Arnulfo Nunez-Villanueva, 26, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, 20, Rafael Garcia-Nunez, 33, and Mauricio Medino-Mojica, 26, are charged with engaging in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, according to a press release issued by Patrick Crosby, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Gonzalez is charged with "the actual possession of cocaine and methamphetamine and the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime," Crosby said.

The charges stem from five separate search warrants executed in November in Gwinnett and Barrow Counties, where law enforcement seized 145 pounds of crystal methamphetamine or ice, 135 pounds of cocaine and a .223 caliber AR-15-style rifle, the release said.

Searches were executed at two Lilburn addresses, two Lawrenceville addresses and one Winder address, Crosby said.

Almost all the drugs and the gun were found at the Johns Way address, and the other residences yielded drug ledgers and some drug proceeds, Crosby said.

A Drug Enforcement Administration official noted that this bust is the nation's fifth largest meth seizure this year.

The DEA is investigating the case with assistance from law enforcement in Barrow and Gwinnett Counties.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Garrett M. Heenan is prosecuting the case.