Tuesday, February 7, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - Four people were arrested Sunday and more than $1 million worth of cocaine and other drugs were seized as a result of a police investigation into a Lawrenceville pawn shop.
Authorities said two owners of Hometown Title Loan at 3195 Lawrenceville Highway were at the heart of the drug smuggling operation. Jerry Lane Farley, 54, of Conyers and Jerry Allen Rogers, 58, of Lilburn are charged with trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine and possessing meth and marijuana with the intent to distribute it.
Farley is also charged with possessing 0.4 grams of heroin with a street value of about $80.
Two other men, 20-year-old Elvis Joel Sanchez of Lawrenceville and 26-year-old Carlos Gomez-Alonzo of Atlanta, are charged with similar crimes, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett police.
"We believe the pawn shop was simply a front," said Moloney. "The main business was the drugs."
Police had been staking out the pawn shop since last month. Inside, they found 13 kilograms of cocaine valued at $1.3 million, six ounces of crystal meth worth $16,000 and 30 grams of marijuana worth $300. They also confiscated $14,655 in cash and a Glock 9mm pistol.
All four of the suspects are being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center in Lawrenceville.